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- Most market squid is exported to China
- Shipping market squid from California to China takes about 14 days
- The one-way trip is more than 6,000 miles
Why is so much squid exported to China?
Shipping a product that’s consumed in the U.S. to another country for processing may seem a little absurd, but there are several reasons it’s done this way.
The first reason has to do with our preference for seafood that’s already been cleaned and cut. When market squid is sold whole at markets, only people who are comfortable working with the whole animal (or the ones who are feeling adventurous) will buy it. Let’s face it, cleaning squid can be intimidating to those who prefer easy fish fillets.
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