South Africa shark fins export quantities

In 2019 South Africa sold 116,367 tonnes of shark fins. Through 2019 alone, the interest in South Africa shark fins (fish category) has improved, with a change of 7.337 pc compared to the year 2018. Between 2017 and 2019, shark fins' exports grew by 76.28% bringing South Africa US$2.70m for the year 2019. South Africa's shark fins exports are categorised as:

  • Frozen fish fins, heads, tails, maws and other edible fish offal (excl. livers, roes, milt and shark fins) (HS code 030399)
  • Prepared or preserved shark fins, whole or in pieces (excl. minced) (HS code 160418)
  • Shark fins, smoked, dried, salted or in brine (HS code 030571)
  • Frozen shark fins (HS code 030392)
  • Fresh or chilled shark fins (HS code 030292)


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South Africa shark fins export values

In 2019, South Africa supplied shark fins valued at 2.70m USD, an increase of 97.08% from 2018's total shark fins export of 1.37m USD. The annual increase in value of South Africa shark fins between 2017 to 2018 was -18.16%.

The annual change in the volume of South Africa's shark fins exports between 2017 and 2019 was 76.28% in comparison to a variation of 7.337% in the period between 2018 and 2019.


Export markets for South Africa shark fins ( in '000$ )


South Africa procured 131 tonnes of shark fins in 2019.