Norwegian seafood exports booming

The value of exports of Norwegian seafood in January totalled NOK 4.2 billion. This is an increase of NOK 684 million or 19% compared with January 2010, according to the latest figures from the Norwegian Seafood Export Council.

Cod fishers returning from a day at work near Røst. Photo: EFF/NSEC

Cod fishers returning from a day at work near Røst. Photo: EFF/NSEC

“Continued strong global demand for Norwegian Salmon is contributing to high prices for salmon, and therefore we are seeing the growth in seafood exports registered in 2010 continuing into January 2011,” says Egil Ove Sundheim, director of market information with the Norwegian Seafood Export Council.

Growth in exports of Norwegian Salmon

In January, the value of exports of Norwegian Salmon totalled NOK 2.4 billion, an increase of NOK 587 million compared with  January 2010. The record export figures are attributable to large volume and continued good prices. France, Poland and Russia are the biggest importers of salmon from Norway.

Exports of Norwegian Fjord Trout also up

Exports of Norwegian Fjord Trout increased in value in January by NOK 5 million to a total of NOK 123 million. Russia was the  biggest market for Norwegian Fjord Trout in January, while Japan showed the biggest growth.

Growth in exports of herring and mackerel

In January, exports of herring increased in value by NOK 40 million or 9% to a total of NOK 512 million. Germany was the market that showed the biggest growth, up by NOK 24 million or 37% to a total value of NOK 90 million. Russia was the biggest market for herring exports in January.

Exports of mackerel increased by no less than 55% in January to a total value of NOK 241 million. China accounted for much of this increase, with exports to the Middle Kingdom up in value by NOK 36 million, making China the biggest importer of mackerel in January.

… and exports of salted fish are also up

Exports of salted fish in January increased in value by 22% to a total of NOK 38 million. Exports to Portugal increased by an impressive NOK 14 million, although exports to neighboring Spain were down by almost NOK 6 million.

Source: Seafood From Norway

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