This continues the seafood export growth trend from April.
So far this year, seafood exports have totalled NOK 44.7 billion, which is 0.3 per cent higher than the same period last year.
During the corona crisis, more people have eaten seafood at home. As the restaurants in essential markets such as France, Italy, Great Britain and Portugal are reopening, Renate Larsen hopes for further growth in demand for Norwegian seafood.
83,000 tonnes of salmon worth NOK 5.9 billion were exported in May. Export volume fell by 1 per cent. Export value increased by NOK 316 million, or 6 per cent, compared with May last year. Poland, France and the USA were the largest markets for Norwegian salmon in May.
After a long period of severe coronary restrictions, Italy is gradually opening up completely.
4,300 tonnes of trout worth NOK 276 million were exported in May. Export volume fell by 20 per cent. Export value fell by NOK 17 million, or 6 per cent, compared with May last 2020. Ukraine, Belarus and the USA were the largest markets for Norwegian trout in May.
Norway exported 4,900 tonnes of fresh cod worth NOK 178 million in May. Export volume increased by 13 per cent. Export value increased by NOK 8 million, or 5 per cent, compared with May last year. Denmark, Poland and the Netherlands were the largest markets for fresh cod from Norway in May. Volume growth continues for fresh cod. The price increase for fresh fillets and whole cod from last month indicates an increasing demand in the markets.
Portugal is consolidating its position as Norway's largest market for cod clipfish, and as much as 80 per cent of the export volume went to Portugal in May. Export volume to Portugal increased by 1,000 tonnes, or 160 per cent, from a weak May 2020. However, this is still almost 1,400 tonnes lower than in May 2019.
The volume growth for stockfish to Italy continues, with as much as 84 per cent growth in volume from May last year. This year's total export volume is now also higher than in 2019, albeit at significantly lower prices.
Growth also continues to Nigeria, with an increase in the volume of stockfish heads of 400 tonnes, or 160 per cent, from May last year.
Most of the mackerel caught last autumn and winter has been exported to markets with good demand. ■