COVID-19 has not prevented exports from exceeding 10% growth
Norwegian fish imports grew 15% in the first half: Salmon and cod top in the list
Thursday, July 16, 2020, 00:10 (GMT + 9)
· In Spain, the main species -salmon and cod, including Skrei- have experienced an increase in both volume and value in this period
Madrid - In the first six months of this year, Norway exported seafood worth € 5 billion. This is an increase in value of 3.5%, or 167’8 million euros, compared to the first half of 2019.
“Despite a very challenging spring with the coronavirus crisis, we have still seen growth in seafood exports in the first half of the year. Salmon, trout, herring and mackerel are the species that have increased the most compared to the first half of 2019. The fact that the Norwegian crown was weaker is the main factor that has fueled growth, ”says Renate. Larsen, CEO of the Norwegian Seafood Council. "Overall, increased quotas for mackerel, increased trout production and a shift towards increased consumption of salmon fillet have also helped increase the value of exports," he adds.
Increase in volume and value in Spain
"In Spain there has been a growth both in volume and in total value of fish and shellfish from the Norwegian Sea despite the coronavirus crisis. The supply has been maintained during all these months and the Spanish have consumed more Norwegian salmon and cod in this period, which included the Skrei season, ”says Bjorn Erik Stabell, director of the Norwegian Seafood Council in Spain.
During the first semester the volume reached 45,980 tons, 15% more than in the same period of the previous year. The value for this period has also increased 10% with 249 million euros.
The two main species for Spain, both in volume and value, are salmon, of which in the first half of 2020, 33,552 tons were exported to our country with a value of 215.1 million euros, and cod, including Skrei, which has increased 29% in volume with 5,515 tons this semester and 40% in value with 25.7 million euros.