What is the price of oysters per kilogram/pound in US today?
The retail price range for US oysters is between US$ 9.10 and US$ 25.92 per kilogram or between US$ 4.13 and US$ 11.76 per pound(lb). Click here to see today's exact prices of oysters in US
The retail price range in Euro for oysters is between EUR 8.35 and EUR 23.78 per kilogram or between EUR 3.79 and EUR 10.78 per pound(lb) in Washington and New York.
In 2023, the approximate wholesale price range for US oysters is between US$ 6.37 and US$ 18.14 per kilogram or between US$ 2.89 and US$ 8.23 per pound(lb).
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US Oysters Export Prices - Historical, Trends and Prediction
The export price per kilogram of Oysters from the US has seen a steady increase over the last five years. In 2018, the price was 7.45 US dollars per kilogram, and in 2019, it was 6.93 US dollars per kilogram. In 2020, the price rose to 7.52 US dollars per kilogram, and in 2021, it was 7.67 US dollars per kilogram. The most recent data shows that the export price per kilogram of Oysters from the US was 6.87 US dollars in 2022. Based on this trend, it is predicted that the export price per kilogram of Oysters from the US will be around 7.00 US dollars in 2023 and 7.67 US dollars in 2024.
US Oysters Import Prices - Historical, Trends and Prediction
The import price per kilogram of Oysters into the US over the last five years has been quite volatile. In 2016, the price was an exceptionally high 813.28 US dollars per kg, before dropping to 47.07 US dollars per kg in 2017. The price then remained relatively stable for the next two years, with 2018 and 2019 seeing prices of 47.59 and 43.12 US dollars per kg respectively. However, 2020 saw a significant increase to 70.10 US dollars per kg, before dropping back to 52.86 US dollars per kg in 2021. The most recent data point for 2022 shows a price of 57.23 US dollars per kg.
Based on this data, it is likely that the import price per kilogram of Oysters into the US will remain relatively stable in the next two years. We predict that the price in 2023 will be around 54.00 US dollars per kg, and in 2024 it will be around 55.00 US dollars per kg.
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Export values for US oysters
The total values in export for oysters in US were US$ 23,585, US$ 23,864, US$ 25,462 and US$ 22,772 in US dollar thousand for the years 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 in that order.
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US oysters - Production, Exports, Imports, Seasons and HS Codes
The volume of oysters sold by US in 2020 was 217 metric tons. In 2019 US shipped 549 tonnes of oysters. For the year 2019 alone, the market for US oysters (seafood category) has escalated, flactuating by 2.617 per cent compared to the year 2018. Between 2017 and 2019, oysters' exports went up by 8.28 pc bringing the nation US$22.77m for the year 2019. US' oysters exports are classified as:
- Oysters, smoked, frozen, dried, salted or in brine (HS code 030719)
- Oysters, live, fresh, chilled, frozen, dried, salted or in brine (HS code 030710)
- Oysters, even in shell, live, fresh or chilled (HS code 030711)
- Oysters, even in shell, frozen (HS code 030712)
- Oysters, prepared or preserved (excluding smoked) (HS code 160551)
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US oysters export values
In 2019, US supplied oysters valued at 22.77m USD, a contraction of -10.57% from 2018's total oysters export of 25.462m USD. The annual reduction in value of US oysters between 2017 to 2018 was 6.696%.
The annual change in the volume of US' oysters exports between 2017 and 2019 was 8.28 percent compared to a variation of 2.617% in the period between 2018 and 2019.
US' share of the world's total oysters' exports in 2019 was less than 1%. US holds number 17 in world exports of oysters.
Export markets for US oysters ( in '000$ )
US is a net importer of oysters. The annual growth of US oysters in value between 2015 to 2019 was -19%, per annum, while annual growth in quantity through the same period was %, per annum.
US imported 10,948 tonnes of oysters in 2019.
Production of oysters in the US
Though the United States is among the the top importers of oysters, it has a thriving production industry at home.
Local oysters come from the Maine coast, Rhode Island, Cape Cod and Chesapeake Bay on the East Coast. Maine oysters, in particular, come mainly from the fresh waters of Damariscotta river
Capers Island and the Gulf Coast form the production center in the south. The West Coast sources include California and Washington on the Pacific Northwest.
Oysters per dozen price in the US
According to the French retailer Huitres-tatihou, there are around 13 oysters in each kilo. This is the origin of the phrase “thirteen to the dozen.” This is where an oyster weighs about 75g.
So, what is the price of a dozen oysters in the United States? The current price at outlets like Walmart is 3.58 per 8 ounces for whole oysters, which translates to $9.48 per kg. Fishery markets sell live oysters at $14 per dozen and above, with oysters on the half shell costing double that price.
Sourcing oyster across the US
There are numerous oyster types in US’ waters, and these often carry the name of their place of harvesting.
These East Coast bi-valves come with hard shells and are full of meat. They also exude a mild, earthy flavor. They are known as great oysters as they comprise many varieties including Beaver Tail. These oysters have a bright-coloured orange exoskeleton due to the rich phytoplankton feed of the waters of Narragansett Bay in Rhode Island where they mostly thrive.
Wild Goose Oysters
These bi-valves also come from the East Coast and are famous for their clean-cut flesh with a light flavor. The "wild goose" oyster's name derives from lack of a clear place of origin, though they currently thrive in the Rhode Island habitat of Narragensett Bay.
This is another freshwater-sourced sweet oyster with low salinity in its flesh, hence its delicate taste. Its name Rappanhannock comes from the namesake river that runs its course through Maryland.
Gulf Coast lobsters
These Louisiana molluscs are meaty and plump and often ooze with juicy fat. They are available mainly from Caminda Bay.
These are West Coast breeds that are popular for their world-class quality, with saline, earthy aroma. They come from the Straits of Juan De Luca on the West Coast with its briny Pacific waters. The name is a trademark of the Hama Hama Company that runs an oyster farm that breeds "Summerstone oysters.' The name may be related to the Summerstone neighbourhood of Gilroy City in San Francisco Bay, California.