Salmon is a healthy product with many nutritional benefits for human beings. Studies have shown that Salmon may help improve individual's health, aids in the prevention of, and decrease of certain diseases, as well as being a contributor to improved biological development.
Chile is one of the largest Salmon producers in the world, sharing this leadership with Norway. Production is concentrated in the southern part of the country, where 95% of the producers are located.
This product is primarily exported to the United States, specifically Miami, where approximately 800 tons arrive each week. Among the other regional markets is Brazil, importing approximately 150 tons per week.
Compared to other products, Salmon represents 48% of total Chilean exports, seeds draw 32% of exports and, in the third place, fruits and other products, which derive 20%.
The appearance of the ISA virus
Chile's Salmon Industry recently faced the worst crisis in its history, because of the ISA virus; an infection that had its greatest impact in 2010, drastically lowering export volumes by approximately 50% in comparison to 2009.
The impact was so severe, that predictions point to 2015 for a possible full recovery. However, new health regulations resulted in a significant shift. It is expected that the volumes projected for mid-2012 will be equivalent to those of 2008, which confirms the effectiveness of the measures taken after this crisis.
The numbers from 2006 through July 2011 confirm a total of 30,122,354 tons exported. In 2007, Salmon reached its highest point, exporting about 76,500,000 tons. Following the outbreak, in 2010 the figures dropped substantially to 30,317,339 tons. Even though, in 2011 the projections were negative, by July, 30,122,354 tons were exported. This demonstrates the results of the great effort of the industry, which was able to exert to maintain the supply to international markets.
LAN CARGO and the Salmon Industry
The Company has a business structure based on knowledge and experience in perishable products, and an infrastructure with high standards of quality including climate controlled areas to maintain the cold chain, essential for the transportation of this product.
In relation to Salmon transport, LAN CARGO holds a 57% market share, while the next competitor has just 20%. In the case of Salmon transported to Miami, the Company had a combined market share of 66% in 2011.
Thanks to its freighter fleet and its access to the cargo holds of passenger aircraft, both state-of-the-art aircraft, LAN CARGO can provide wide coverage to various destinations, and deliver solutions when demand increases significantly. All this has made LAN CARGO leader in the transportation of perishable goods, including such an important product for Chile as Salmon.