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Tavish Scott: "These export sales produce a massive economic benefit for rural and coastal communities in Scotland." Photo: Salmon Scotland.

Scottish salmon exports were worth 95% more in January

Scottish salmon exports increased by 95% in value and 42% in volume in January 2022 compared to the same month last year, new figures from Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) show.

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Exports were worth £37 million (January 2021: £19m), and export volume was 4,828 gutted weight tonnes (3,221 gwt). Prices for salmon have been much higher globally this year due to a relative shortage of supply.

The European Union accounted for 63% of the volume of global Scottish salmon exports in the month, with France the dominant European market.

MAT = moving annual total. Click image to enlarge. Table: Salmon Scotland.
MAT = moving annual total. Click image to enlarge. Table: Salmon Scotland.

49% value growth

In the 12 months to January 31, Scotland exported salmon worth £632m. That was an increase of 49% in value and 42% in volume – up to 99,400 tonnes – compared to the same period in 2020-21.

The growth came despite the challenges of stormy weather throughout January which prevented some harvesting.

Massive benefit

Tavish Scott, chief executive of salmon sector trade body Salmon Scotland, said: “After such a difficult economic period during Covid, and with harsh weather conditions throughout January, this demonstrates the dedication of our farmers.

“These export sales produce a massive economic benefit for rural and coastal communities in Scotland, delivering thousands of highly skilled, well-paid jobs.

“But it isn’t just about economics, as everyone in Scotland can be proud that we produce such as high-quality nutritious product with rigorous environmental and welfare standards and a low carbon footprint.”