Clipfish for export. (Photo: Jean Gaumy/NSEC)
Seafood exports fall in first half-year but rise in June
Monday, July 09, 2012, 03:20 (GMT + 9)
The value of Norwegian seafood exports in the first half-year of 2012 totalled NOK 24.8 billion (EUR 3.3 billion). This is a decline of NOK 1.2 billion (EUR 160 million) or 4.8 per cent compared to the same period last year. The month of June saw exports increase in value by NOK 256 million (EUR 34.1 million) or 7 per cent compared to June 2011, according to the Norwegian Seafood Council.
Exports of Norwegian salmon down in first half-year
The value of exports of Norwegian salmon in the first half-year totalled NOK 14 billion (EUR 1.9 billion), down by NOK 967 million (EUR 128.9 million) or 6.5 per cent compared to the same period last year. For the month of June, however, exports are up in value by NOK 178 million (EUR 23.7 million) or 7 per cent to a total of NOK 2.6 billion (EUR 346.7 million).
The decline in the value of exports is due to a drop in export prices. In June, the average price for fresh whole Norwegian salmon was NOK 26.80 (EUR 3.57), compared to NOK 32.77 (EUR 4.37) in June 2011. The biggest markets for Norwegian salmon in June were France and Russia, the same as in the previous month.
Exports of Norwegian fjord trout increased in value in the first half-year by NOK 188 million (EUR 25.1 million) or 31 per cent to a total of NOK 802 million (EUR 106.9 million). In June, exports were up in value by NOK 29 million (EUR 3.9 million) or 29 per cent to a total of NOK 129 million (EUR 17.2 million). The biggest importers of Norwegian fjord trout are Russia and Japan.
Exports of herring down, mackerel up
Norwegian herring exports in the first half-year fell in value by NOK 90 million (EUR 12 million) or 4 per cent to a total of NOK 2.2 billion (EUR 293.4 million). In June, the value of herring exports totalled NOK 288 million (EUR 38.4 million), slightly down from June last year. Russia and Germany are the biggest markets for Norwegian herring.
First half-year exports of mackerel increased in value by NOK 338 million (EUR 45.1 million) or 45 per cent to a total of NOK 1.1 billion (EUR 146.7 million). In June the increase was no less than NOK 49 million (EUR 6.5 million) or 103 per cent to a total of NOK 98 million (EUR 13.1 million). The biggest importers of mackerel from Norway are China and Russia.
Downturn in exports of clipfish and salted fish
Exports of clipfish in the first half-year fell by NOK 40 million (EUR 5.3 million) or 3 per cent to a total of NOK 1.5 billion (EUR 200 million). In June, exports increased in value by NOK 27 million (EUR 3.6 million) or 13 per cent to a total of NOK 228 million (EUR 30.4 million).
A breakdown of the export figure for the first half-year shows that Norwegian cod clipfish accounted for NOK 877 million (EUR 116.96 million), saithe NOK 535 million (EUR 71.3 million), torsk NOK 54 million (EUR 7.2 million), ling NOK 40 million (EUR 5.3 million) and other groundfish NOK 28 million (EUR 3.7 million).
First half-year exports of salted fish including fillets fell in value by NOK 177 million (EUR 23.6 million) or 22 per cent to a total of NOK 627 million (EUR 83.6 million), of which Norwegian cod accounted for NOK 572 million (EUR 76.3 million).
Fresh Norwegian cod exports down, frozen up
First half-year exports of fresh Norwegian cod including fillets from fishery fell in value by NOK 26 million (EUR 3.5 million) or 4 per cent to a total of NOK 620 million (EUR 82.7 million). In the same period, exports of frozen Norwegian cod including fillets increased in value by NOK 80 million (EUR 10.7 million) or 11 per cent to a total of NOK 776 million (EUR 103.5 million).
- May seafood exports stay put
Photo Courtesy of FIS Member Norwegian Seafood Council / Norges sjømatråd (Headquarter)