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US Imports 450 Percent More Canned Tuna From Israel

Israel’s canned tuna exports to the United States saw a dramatic increase from 2011 to 2012. US imports from the west Asian country rocketed a huge 450 percent year on year.

From 2008 to 2011, canned tuna exports from Israel hovered around the same level year to year. But year 2012 saw a severe hike, rising from 10,183 cartons shipped in 2011 (48x5oz cans) to 54,029 cartons.

The dramatic growth saw Israel climb the ladder for export volumes of canned tuna to the US in 2012, taking over several countries, including Costa Rica, Spain, Portugal and Italy to become an important source for America. The US is the world’s largest canned tuna importing nation, and a major market for many processing and exporting countries.

Many exporting countries to the US witnessed a fall in their volume of canned tuna from 2011 to 2012, with a nearly 4 million carton drop in total American canned tuna imports year on year. Despite this, Israel, along with China and Mexico seemed to defy the odds, with significant growth in shipped canned tuna volumes to the US.