‘Gratifying growth’ as Norway lifts salmon exports
Norway exported more salmon for the first time this year compared with the same period in 2016.
In August Norway exported 90,700 tonnes of salmon worth NOK 5.5 billion (£540 million). This is a volume increase of 7 per cent or 5,800 tonnes, and a 7 per cent or NOK 369m (£36m) increase from August last year.
So far this year, Norway has exported 614,400 tonnes of salmon worth NOK 42bn. This is a volume increase of 1 per cent, while the value has increased by 11 per cent or NOK 4.3bn from the same period last year.
The average price for whole fresh salmon last month was NOK 57.59 per kg compared with NOK 58.12 per kg in August 2016. Poland and Denmark were the largest salmon markets in August.
Asbjørn Warvik Rørtveit, director of Market Insight in the Norwegian Seafood Council, said: “Norway exported 7 per cent more salmon in August. This means that we exported more salmon for the first time this year compared with the same period last year. It is gratifying to see growth that can meet some of the demand for Norwegian salmon in the market.”
Trout sales fall
Norway exported 3,700 tonnes of trout worth NOK 265m in August, a volume decline of 38 per cent or 2,200 tonnes and a 25 per cent decline in value or NOK 88m year on year. So far this year, Norway has exported 22,200 tonnes of trout for NOK 1.8 billion. There is a volume decline of 54 per cent or 26 700 tonnes and a decline of 33 per cent or NOK 866m from the same period last year. Japan and the United States bought the most trout from Norway in August.
Norway exported 165,000 tonnes of seafood worth NOK 7.5bn in August. Volume was 2 per cent higher, while export value increased by 7 per cent or NOK 501m compared to August last year.
So far this year, Norway has exported 1.6 million tonnes of seafood worth NOK 60.6bn. Export volumes have increased by 6 per cent, and the value has increased by 8 per cent or NOK 4.4bn from the same period last year.