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Norwegian seafood exports decline in April, total value up for 2017

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Norway exported 151,000 tonnes of seafood with a value of NOK 6.8 billion in April.

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Volumes were down by 23 percent and export values were down by 7 percent or NOK 529 million compared with April 2016. So far this year, Norway has exported 886,000 tonnes of seafood worth NOK 31 billion.

Year to date export volumes are at the same level as last year, while the year to date value of Norwegian seafood exports has increased by NOK 2.3 billion or 8 percent.

Norway exported 60,000 tonnes of salmon worth NOK 4.9 billion in April.

The reduction in the volume of exports to the EU was 9,400 tonnes, while the total decrease in volume was 8,800 tonnes or 11 percent.

The value of Norwegian salmon exports are at the same level as April 2016. So far this year, Norway has exported 305,000 tonnes of salmon with a total value of NOK 21 billion.

While the average price for fresh whole salmon was NOK 57.11 per kg in February 2016, it rose to NOK 63.59 per kg in April 2017. Poland, France and the United States were the largest export markets for salmon from Norway in April.

In April, Norway exported 2,480 tonnes of trout worth NOK 199 million. Volume fell by 5,400 tonnes or 69 percent, while the value of trout exports fell by NOK 204 million or 51 percent, compared with April last year.

So far this year, Norway has exported 11,100 tonnes of trout worth NOK 874 million.

Japan, Belarus and the United States were the largest trout export markets in April.

Norway exported 10,800 tonnes of fresh cod, including Skrei, worth NOK 341 million in April. By value this represents an increase of NOK 24 million or 8 percent and a volume increase of 625 tonnes or 6 percent compared with April 2016.

Norway exported 881 tonnes of quality mark skrei in April. This is an increase of 203 tonnes compared to April last year.

The average price for skrei fell slightly from NOK 33.48 per kg in April 2016 to NOK 32.89 per kg in April this year. The value of skrei exports increased by 28 percent to NOK 29 million from April 2016.

During the Skrei season, Norway has exported 5,000 tonnes of skrei worth NOK 181 million. This is the same level for the same period in 2016 measured by volume, but a slight decline of 1.8 percent when measured by export value.

Spain, Germany and Sweden were the largest consumer markets for skrei this year. Germany and Sweden were the least price sensitive markets.

As the skrei season came to a close, the price difference between whole quality marked skrei and other fresh cod was NOK 6,59 per kg.

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