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Best half-year ever for Norwegian seafood exports

Christian Fernsby |
In the first half of 2019, Norway exported 1.3 million tonnes of seafood with an export value of NOK 51.2 billion.


This is a 13 per cent decrease in volume and but an increase of 7 per cent, or NOK 3.1 billion in value, measured against the same period in 2018.

The decline in volume compared to the same period last year is mainly due to reduced exports of blue whiting and lack of soldering quota.

Demand for Norwegian seafood remains steady, and we see better conditions of access to individual markets.

In addition, the value of exports has been influenced by the currency situation, where a weak Norwegian krone has meant higher prices for exports of Norwegian seafood to euro and dollar markets.

The sum of these factors explains a record-setting half year for Norwegian seafood exports” says Tom-Jørgen Gangsø, Director of Market Insight and Market Access with the Norwegian Seafood Council.

Norway has exported 163,000 tonnes of seafood to a value of NOK 7.9 billion in June.

This reflects a volume decline of 19 per cent.

Export value is at the same level as in June 2018.

Norway has exported 506,000 tonnes of salmon to a value of NOK 34.6 billion in the first half of 2019.

This represents an increase of 5 per cent measured in volume, while the value increased by NOK 2.1 billion or 6 per cent compared with the first half of 2018.

Poland, France and Denmark were the largest recipients of salmon from Norway in the first half of 2019.

In June, Norway exported 82,300 tonnes of salmon worth NOK 5.7 billion.

This is a decrease in volume of 3 per cent, while the export value increased by 2 per cent or NOK 133 million compared to the first half of last year.

The average price for fresh whole salmon increased from NOK 61.77 per kg to NOK 64.20 per kg.

Norway has exported 24,700 tonnes of trout worth NOK 1.7 billion in the first half of 2019.

The volume of exports has increased by 19 per cent, while the value increased by NOK 276 million or 20 per cent compared with the first half of last year.

In June, Norway exported 5,600 tonnes of trout to a value of NOK 331 million.

This represents a volume increase of 76 per cent, and a value increase of NOK 110 million or 50 per cent.

The US, Belarus and Thailand were our largest markets for Norwegian trout in the first half of 2019.

Norway has exported 40,200 tonnes of fresh cod with a value of NOK 1.7 billion during the first half of 2019.

This is a decrease in volume of 21 per cent, and a fall of NOK 123 million or 7 per cent in export value.

In June, 2,100 tonnes of fresh cod were exported with a value of NOK 96 million.

This is a decrease in volume of 36 per cent, while export value fell by NOK 25 million or 20 per cent.

Denmark, Poland and the Netherlands were the largest recipients of fresh cod in the first half of 2019.

Norway has exported 40,100 tonnes of frozen cod worth NOK 1.7 billion in the first half of 2019.

This is an increase of 3 per cent, while the value increased by NOK 293 million or 21 per cent from the same period last year.

China, the UK and Lithuania were the largest recipients of frozen cod in the first half of 2019.

In June, Norway exported 3,600 tonnes of frozen cod worth NOK 166 million.

This is a decrease in volume of 41 per cent, while the value of exports fell by NOK 78 million or 32 per cent.

Norway has exported 41,700 tonnes of clipfish to a value of NOK 2 billion during the first half of the year.

This is a decrease in volume of 2 per cent, while the value increased by NOK 23 million or 1 per cent.

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

In June, Norway exported 5,300 tonnes of clipfish to a value of NOK 285 million.

This is a reduction of 23 per cent in volume and a fall in value of NOK 49 million or 15 per cent.

Norway has exported 17,000 tonnes of salted fish to a value of NOK 942 million in the first half of 2019.

This is a decrease in volume of 21 per cent, and a fall in value of NOK 107 million or 10 per cent.

Portugal, Spain and Greece were our main saltfish markets in the first half.

In June, Norway exported 2 800 tonnes of salted fish to a value of NOK 150 million.

This is a decrease in volume of 18 per cent, while export value fell by NOK 11 million or 7 per cent.

Norway has exported 1,100 tonnes of codfish to a value of NOK 239 million in the first half of 2019.

This is a decrease of 11 per cent, while export value increased by NOK 16 million or 7 per cent.

Italy, the USA, and Croatia were our main markets for cod stockfish in the first half.

In June, Norway exported 56 tonnes of cod dried fish to a value of NOK 12 million.

This is a decrease in volume of 63 per cent, while the value fell by NOK 14 million or 54 per cent.

Norway has exported 147,000 tonnes of herring to a value of NOK 1.3 billion in the first half of 2019.

This volume is at the same level as in 2018, while the value of herring exports has increased by NOK 35 million or 3 per cent.

Poland, Lithuania and Egypt were the main markets for Norwegian herring in the first half of 2019.

In June, Norway exported 19,000 tonnes of herring to a value of NOK 229 million.

This is a decrease in volume of 43 per cent, while the value of exports fell by NOK 48 million or 17 per cent.

Norway has exported 81,000 tonnes of mackerel to a value of NOK 1.4 billion in the first half of 2019.

This is an increase of 5 per cent, while the value increased by NOK 384 million or 38 per cent.

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

In June, Norway exported mackerel 8,800 tonnes of mackerel to a value of NOK 156 million.

This is an increase in volume of 26 per cent, while export value increased by NOK 59 million or 61 per cent.

Strong rise in export value of King Crab First half-yearNorway has exported 844 tonnes of king crab to a value of NOK 264 million in the first half of 2019.

This is an increase of 24 per cent, while the value increased by NOK 69 million or 35 per cent.

In June, Norway exported 124 tonnes of king crab to a value of NOK 39 million.

This is an increase in volume of 10 per cent, while the value increased by NOK 5 million or 13 per cent.

South Korea, the United States and the Netherlands were the largest recipients of Norwegian king crab in the first half of 2019.

7,500 tonnes of prawns were exported to a value of NOK 552 million in the first half of 2019.

This represents an increase in volume of 65 per cent, and an increase in value of NOK 178 million or 49 per cent in the first half of 2019.

The largest recipients of Norwegian prawns during the first half of the year were Sweden, the UK and Finland.

At the same time, we have also seen growth in volume and price in our most important consumer markets.

We have seen a large increase in export volume to the UK, which, as we have also seen for frozen cod, is partly explained by the ongoing uncertainty surrounding Brexit.

At the same time, we also see promising development in markets such as Sweden and Finland.

It appears that prawns are now a relatively fixed part of the fishermen's portfolio, and helps to ensure stability in the price of raw material,” says Ingrid K.

Pettersen.

In June, Norway exported 1,200 tonnes of prawns to a value of NOK 92 million.

This is an increase in volume of 35 per cent, while the value increased by NOK 22 million or 32 per cent compared with June last year.


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