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Norwegian seafood exports fall for first time in 18 months

Christian Fernsby ▼ | May 6, 2020
For the first time since September 2018, Norway has experienced a fall in the value of its seafood exports.
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In April, 183,000 tonnes of Norwegian seafood was exported to a value of NOK 8.2 billion.

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This is a decrease of NOK 666 million, or 8 per cent, compared with April 2019.

Volumes were also down 7 percent compared to April 2019.

So far this year, NOK 36.7 billion of Norwegian seafood has been exported.

This is an increase in value by 2.2 billion, or 6 per cent, compared to the same period last year.

Despite a marked weakening of the Norwegian krone, the export value of Norwegian seafood fell by 8 per cent in April.

83,100 tonnes of salmon were exported to a value of NOK 5.4 billion in April.

This is a 3 per cent reduction in volume, while the value fell by NOK 813 million, or 13 per cent, compared with April last year.

So far this year, 334,600 tonnes of salmon have been exported, worth NOK 23.7 billion.

This represents an increase in the volume of 1 per cent, while the value has increased by NOK 862 million, or 4 per cent.

The average price for fresh whole salmon in April was NOK 57.71 per kg, compared to NOK 68.45 per kg in April last year.

Poland, France and the United States were the largest importers of salmon from Norway in April.

There is a large change in the flow of goods to individual markets.

Some markets have, to a greater extent than others, been able to compensate for reduced restaurant consumption with increased consumption at home.

In markets such as China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and South Korea, consumption of Norwegian salmon is increasing, while it is declining in tourism-dependent markets such as Thailand and Singapore.

Spain is one of the markets that has grown the most in value and volume so far this year.

The export figures for April show that this growth is continuing.

This is unique since Spain has been severely affected by the corona crisis.

Unlike other countries, the fresh produce discs in Spain have been open during the corona crisis.

In April, 4,200 tonnes of trout were exported to a value of NOK 234 million.

Volume increased by 13 per cent, while the value fell by NOK 36 million, or 13 per cent, compared with April last year.

So far this year, 19,800 tonnes of trout have been exported to a value of NOK 1.2 billion.

There is an increase in the volume of 35 per cent, while the value increased by NOK 162 million, or 16 per cent.

The US, Japan and Ukraine were our biggest trout markets in April.

5,600 tonnes of clipfish worth NOK 295 million were exported in April.

Volume increased by 16 per cent, while value increased by NOK 63 million, or 27 per cent, from April last year.

In some African countries, large stocks at the end of last year led to lower exports in the first months of 2020.

So far this year, 28,000 tonnes of clipfish have been exported to a value of NOK 1.5 billion.

This is a 6 per cent reduction in volume, while the value increased by NOK 168 million, or 13 per cent.

Portugal, the Dominican Republic and Congo-Brazzaville were our biggest markets in April.

In April, 3,500 tonnes of salt fish were exported to the value of NOK 247 million.

The volume fell by 11 per cent, while the value increased by NOK 12 million, or 5 per cent, compared with April last year.

So far this year, 11,800 tonnes of salted fish have been exported to the value of NOK 756 million.

There is an increase in the volume of 13 per cent while the value fell by NOK 166 million or 28 per cent.

Portugal, Spain and Canada were our biggest markets in April.

In April, 123 tonnes of whole cod, saithe and tusk stockfish were exported to a value of NOK 22 million.

The volume fell by 53 per cent and the export value fell by NOK 28 million, or 56 per cent, compared with April last year.

So far this year, 1,333 tonnes of whole cod, saithe and chives have been exported worth NOK 229 million.

This is a decrease in volume of 11 per cent, while the value fell by NOK 31 million, or 12 per cent.

Italy and Nigeria were our biggest markets in April.

7,300 tonnes of fresh cod were exported including skrei to a value of NOK 313 million.

This is a 15 per cent reduction in volume, while value fell by NOK 43 million, or 12 per cent, from April last year.

So far this year, 30,300 tonnes of fresh cod including skrei have been exported to a value of NOK 1.4 billion.

There is a 10 per cent reduction in volume, while the value fell by NOK 29 million, or 2 per cent.

Of this, skrei represents 5,500 tonnes, which is a 17 per cent reduction.

The value of skrei exports was NOK 264 million, down NOK 26 million, or 9 per cent.

Denmark, the Netherlands and Poland were the largest recipients of fresh cod in April.

In April, 5,600 tonnes of frozen cod were exported to a value of NOK 286 million.

This is a 5 per cent reduction in volume, while the value increased by NOK 33 million, or 13 per cent.

So far this year, 28,800 tonnes of frozen cod have been exported to the value of NOK 1.4 billion.

There is a 7 per cent reduction in volume, while the value increased by NOK 56 million, or 4 per cent.

China, France and the United Kingdom were the largest recipients of frozen cod in April.

On the other hand, in April this year there was growth in further processing markets such as Lithuania and the Netherlands.

17,200 tonnes of herring were exported to a value of NOK 265 million in April.

This is an increase in volume of 56 per cent, while the export value increased by NOK 150 million, or 131 per cent.

So far this year, 123,000 tonnes of herring have been exported to a value of NOK 1.4 billion.

This is an increase in volume of 5 per cent, while the value increased by NOK 396 million, or 41 per cent.

Poland, Belarus and Egypt were the most important markets for herring in April.

In April, 14,000 tonnes of mackerel were exported to a value of NOK 270 million.

Volume increased by 30 per cent, while value increased by NOK 84 million, or 45 per cent.

So far this year, 95,300 tonnes of mackerel have been exported to a value of NOK 1.6 billion.

This is a 54 per cent increase in volume, while the value increased by NOK 579 million, or 55 per cent.

Japan, China and South Korea were the largest recipients of mackerel in April.

703 tonnes of prawns were exported to a value of NOK 60 million in April.

This is a 55 per cent reduction in volume, while the value fell by NOK 34 million, or 37 per cent, from April last year.

703 tonnes of prawns were exported to a value of NOK 60 million in April.

This is a 55 per cent reduction in volume, while the value fell by NOK 34 million, or 37 per cent, from April last year.

34 tonnes of king crab were exported worth NOK 12 million.

This is a 56 per cent reduction in volume, while the value fell by NOK 14 million, or 54 per cent, from April last year.

So far this year, 457 tonnes of king crab have been exported to the value of NOK 155 million.

This is a 23 per cent reduction in volume, while the value fell by NOK 29 million, or 16 per cent.

South Korea, Japan and Belgium were the largest recipients of king crab in April.


 

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