Synopsis of Tilapia
U.S.A. Import Statistics

Several aquaculture farms are spread out in unique locations. This often happens for many reasons, such as cost, climate, and available natural resources. While geographic diversity is certainly a strategic way to provide continuous product, this can also lead to varying quality standards, and when people have a bad experience, especially with food, we tend to avoid repeating that bad experience.

Latin American Tilapia Accounts for
96% of Fresh Imports & 0 Rejections

As shown in the map above, the odds of buying Asian tilapia are very high, so it is very likely that you may have had Asian tilapia at some point if you weren't paying attention to the country of origin one time or another. The majority of frozen tilapia imports come from Asia (98%) while most fresh tilapia is from South America (96%). Gross tilapia imports are also mostly from Asia (84%) but they've also had more import rejections when going through inspections (257). South American tilapia had 0 import rejections. Which one has higher odds of faulty fish sneaking in?

Brazil

FDA Rejections:
0

Fresh Imports:
2,431,927 lbs. (1%)

Frozen Imports:
115,918 lbs. (0%)

China

FDA Rejections:
114

Fresh Imports:
3,456,599 lbs. (2%)

Frozen Imports:
892,171,569 lbs. (89%)

Colombia

FDA Rejections:
0

Fresh Imports:
32,505,711 lbs. (19%)

Frozen Imports:
0 lbs. (0%)

Costa Rica

FDA Rejections:
0

Fresh Imports:
32,959,440 lbs. (20%)

Frozen Imports:
1,381,841 lbs. (0%)

Ecuador

FDA Rejections:
0

Fresh Imports:
16,157,917 lbs. (10%)

Frozen Imports:
443,779 lbs. (0%)

Ghana

FDA Rejections:
7

Fresh Imports:
0 lbs. (0%)

Frozen Imports:
11,433 lbs. (0%)

Guatemala

FDA Rejections:
0

Fresh Imports:
605,174 lbs. (0%)

Frozen Imports:
3,399 lbs. (0%)

Honduras

FDA Rejections:
0

Fresh Imports:
60,189,517 lbs. (36%)

Frozen Imports:
3,984,290 lbs. (0%)

Indonesia

FDA Rejections:
3

Fresh Imports:
0 lbs. (0%)

Frozen Imports:
65,637,882 lbs. (7%)

Mexico

FDA Rejections:
0

Fresh Imports:
14,075,000 lbs. (8%)

Frozen Imports:
10,590,499 lbs. (1%)

Myanmar

FDA Rejections:
3

Fresh Imports:
52,055 lbs. (0%)

Frozen Imports:
224,638 lbs. (0%)

Peru

FDA Rejections:
0

Fresh Imports:
887,541 lbs. (1%)

Frozen Imports:
587,839 lbs. (0%)

Taiwan

FDA Rejections:
114

Fresh Imports:
2,729,260 lbs. (2%)

Frozen Imports:
9,141,769 lbs. (1%)

Thailand

FDA Rejections:
11

Fresh Imports:
42,000 lbs. (0%)

Frozen Imports:
7,736,700 lbs. (1%)

Vietnam

FDA Rejections: 
4

Fresh Imports:
458,067 lbs. (0%)

Frozen Imports:
3,019,960 lbs. (0%)

Sources of this data may be found at USA Trade Census and U.S. Food & Drug Administration.