Canadians have seen a bumper January for exports of lobster to China with an estimated million kilograms shipped to the Asian country to celebrate new year, according to Herald Business.
Michael Wolthers, a freight forwarder with Kintetsu World Express (Canada) Inc, told The Herald on Feb. 20, that Chinese demand for Nova Scotia crustaceans has eclipsed the European market.
“We had a phenomenal amount of business through January into early February shipping lobsters to China,” said Wolthers, Kintetsu’s manager for the region.
He estimated Kintetsu and four competitors have shipped a total of about a million kilograms of lobster to China already this year.
“It is at least as large as Europe at Christmas,” Wolthers said. “China is by far a bigger market than Europe is now.”
His company, which moves about 30% of the province’s lobster, has already shipped about 300,000 kilograms of lobster to China this year.
“The last two weeks of January (we were shipping lobster) at a blistering pace,” Wolthers said.