Visakhapatnam Port Emerges as India’s Top Seafood Exporter, Records 3.14 Lakh Tonnes of Export in FY24

Visakhapatnam Port has emerged as India’s leading gateway for seafood exports, achieving a remarkable shipment volume of 3.14 lakh metric tons, valued at Rs 17,984 crore, for the fiscal year 2023–24, according to a port official’s statement on Monday.

Trailing Visakhapatnam is the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Authority (JNPA) in Mumbai, which handled over 2.4 lakh tons of seafood valued at Rs 6,396 crore. Cochin Port ranks third, managing over 1.81 lakh metric tons worth Rs 6,120 crore.

“Visakhapatnam Port has solidified its position as the top port in India for marine product shipments, managing an impressive 3,14,199 metric tons of seafood valued at Rs 17,984 crore in FY24. This accomplishment places Visakhapatnam Port at the forefront of the country’s seafood export sector,” stated T. Venu Gopal, secretary of the Visakhapatnam Port Authority (VPA), in a press release.

Venu Gopal highlighted that India’s seafood exports reached an all-time high of nearly 18 lakh metric tons in the last fiscal year, valued at Rs 60,534 crore.

Despite facing challenges in overseas demand, India succeeded in exporting seafood to 132 countries, with the US and China being the major importers. Frozen shrimp remains the most exported commodity.

A significant factor in Visakhapatnam Port’s success is Andhra Pradesh’s burgeoning aquaculture industry, particularly the production of the ‘vannamei’ shrimp variety. Additionally, seafood exports from Odisha through the port have also contributed to this achievement.

“The outstanding performance of Visakhapatnam Port emphasizes its strategic importance and efficiency in handling large volumes of seafood exports, significantly bolstering India’s growing seafood industry,” Venu Gopal added. PTI STH SS

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