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Best ever first quarter for Norwegian seafood exports

Christian Fernsby |
Norway exported 640,000 tonnes of seafood with an export value of NOK 25.6 billion in the first quarter of 2019.

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This represents is a decline in volume of 18 per cent but a growth in value of 7 per cent or NOK 1.8 billion measured against the first quarter of 2018.

The volume decline was just 2% when the pelagic category is excluded from the statistics.

Norway exported 205,400 tonnes of seafood at a value of NOK 9.1 billion in March.

This is a decline in volume of 36 per cent and an increase in value of 1 per cent or NOK 89 million compared with March last year.

Norway exported 247,000 tonnes of salmon with a value of NOK 16.7 billion in the first quarter.

This represents an increase of 1 per cent measured in volume, and an increase in export value of NOK 1.1 billion or 7 per cent compared to the first quarter of 2018.

The average price for fresh whole salmon increased from NOK 67.45 to NOK 68.78 per kg.

Poland, France and Denmark were the largest export markets for Norwegian salmon in the first quarter.

In March, 83,000 tonnes of salmon were exported with a value of NOK 6 billion.

This represents a volume decrease of 4 per cent, while export value remains at the same level as in 2018.

Norway exported 11,100 tonnes of trout worth NOK 775 million during the first quarter.

Export volumes increased by 13 per cent, and export value increased by NOK 137 million or 22 per cent compared to the first quarter of 2018.

The United States, Belarus and Thailand were our largest markets for Norwegian trout in the first quarter.

In March, 3,600 tonnes of trout were exported with a value of NOK 270 million.

The volume fell by 2 per cent, however export value increased by NOK 22 million or 9 per cent.

Norway exported 25,200 tonnes of fresh cod, including skrei, with a value of NOK 1.1 billion in the first quarter.

This is a decrease in volume of 22 per cent, and a fall in value of NOK 100 million or 9 per cent.

Of this, skrei accounted for 5,000 tonnes, which represents an increase of 18 per cent.

Norway exported skrei worth NOK 228 million in the first quarter, an increase of NOK 63 million or 38 per cent compared with the same period last year.

Denmark, Poland and the Netherlands were the export markets for fresh cod in the first quarter.

In March, 11 800 tonnes of fresh cod were exported with value of NOK 481 million.

Skrei represented 2,300 tonnes of the total, with a value of NOK 98 million.

This represents an increase in volume of 24 per cent, and an increase in value of NOK 30 million or 43 per cent.

Norway exported 25,600 tonnes of frozen cod worth NOK 1.1 billion in the first quarter.

This represents an 17 per cent increase in volume, and an increase in value of NOK 305 million or 40 per cent from the same period last year.

China, the UK and Lithuania were the largest importers of frozen cod in the first quarter of 2019.

In March, 8,800 tonnes of frozen cod were exported with a total value of NOK 381 million.

This represents an increase in volume of 36 per cent, and a lift in value of NOK 151 million or 66 per cent.

Norway exported 25,000 tonnes of clipfish with a value of NOK 1.1 billion in the first quarter.

This is an increase in volume of 17 per cent, while the value increased by NOK 154 million or 17 per cent.

Brazil, Portugal and the Dominican Republic were the main export markets for clipfish in the first quarter.

In March, 6 400 tonnes of clipfish were exported with a value of NOK 285 million.

This represents an increase of 1 per cent in volume, and an increased of NOK 6.6 million or 2 per cent in value.

Norway exported 6,500 tonnes of salted fish with a value of NOK 358 million in the first quarter.

This represents a decrease in volume of 24 per cent, and a drop in value of NOK 67 million or 16 per cent.

Portugal, Greece and Spain were our main export markets for salted fish in the first quarter.

In March 2019, 4,100 tonnes of salted fish were exported with a value of NOK 233 million.

This is a decrease in volume of 24 per cent, while the value fell by NOK 42 million or 15 per cent.

Norway exported 106,000 tonnes of herring to a value of NOK 851 million during the first quarter.

This is an increase in volume of 20 per cent, and an increase in value of NOK 100 million or 13 per cent.

Egypt, Lithuania and Poland were the main markets for Norwegian herring in the first quarter.

In March, 32,000 tonnes of herring were exported with a value of NOK 277 million.

This is an increase in volume of 18 per cent, and an increase in export value of NOK 78 million or 39 per cent.

Norway exported 51,300 tonnes of mackerel to a value of NOK 861 million in the first quarter.

This is a decrease in volume of 1 per cent, while export value increased by NOK 207 million or 32 per cent.

China, South Korea and Japan were the largest markets for Norwegian mackerel in the first quarter.


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