Norway exported 636,000 tonnes of seafood worth NOK 24.1 billion in the first quarter of this year., the latest figures show. This is an increase of 13 per cent or NOK 2.7 billion compared with the first quarter last year. Volume fell by seven per cent. The monthly figure for March shows exports worth NOK 8.9 million (216,000 tons) , a rise of 17 per cent. But volumes were down by 14 per cent.
Asbjørn Warvik Rørtveit, director of market insight at the Norwegian Seafood Council, said: “”The growth in value for Norwegian seafood continues. After the first quarter we see that exports of salmon to the EU have grown in value, despite a volume decline of five per cent. Salmon exports to Asia and the United States increased by 29 per cent in volume. This contributes overall to the volume and value growth for Norwegian salmon exports in the first quarter. Fresh whole cod, bacalao, herring and mackerel have also contributed to the growth in value of seafood exports.”
He added: “Asia will continue to capture a larger share of salmon exports as soon as market access for Norwegian salmon to China is normalized”, says Sigmund Bjørgo, Seafood Council Fisheries Delegate in China.”
Norway exported 233,000 tonnes of salmon with a value of NOK 16.1 billion in the first quarter of this year, an increase of three per cent in volume, while the value increased by NOK 2.8 billion or 21 per cent compared with the first quarter last year.
The average price for fresh whole salmon increased from NOK 56.63 per kg to NOK 65.44 per kg. The Council says Poland, France and the United States were the biggest importers of salmon from Norway in the first quarter. But trout was down. In the first quarter, Norway exported 8,700 tonnes of trout at a value of NOK 680 million. Volume fell by 53 per cent, while the value fell by NOK 217 million or 24 per cent compared with the first quarter last year. .