Canadians are snapping up live Maine lobsters, buying $43.72 million worth in July, more than double in that same month last year.
The increase comes at the same time that Maine’s live lobster sales to China plummeted. China imposed retaliatory 25 percent import trade tariffs against the United States on July 5.
As Maine’s exports to China dipped, Canada sold close to 58 percent more live lobster to China this July compared to July 2017. To handle the extra crustacean sales, Canadian airports are adding extra flights to Asia, according to the website Seafood Source.
But the tariffs instigated by the U.S.-China trade war tell only part of the story of the high export numbers, U.S. lobster sellers say.