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Growth in exports of Norwegian salmon in August

Press Release   •   Sep 03, 2014 06:59 GMT

The value of exports of Norwegian salmon in August totalled NOK 3.6 billion, an increase of NOK 101 million, or 3 per cent, compared to last August.According to figures from the Norwegian Seafood Council, measured in product weight, the exported amount increased by 8,50 tonnes, or 11 per cent, to 85,000 tons.

To date, total exports for salmon have totalled NOK 28,4 billion. This is NOK 4.5 billion, or 19 per cent, more than the same period last year. At the same time, the amount of salmon exported increased by 57,000 tonnes to 634,000 tonnes.

“The development in salmon exports shows that the increase in global demand is strong and that the Norwegian salmon industry is well able to self-adapt , even after Russia introduced the import ban for Norwegian food products," explains Bjørn-Erik Stabell, Marketing Manager for Salmon at the Norwegian Seafood Council.

Lower salmon price

The average price for fresh whole salmon in August was NOK 36.04, down NOK 4.69 from last August. The price in August was 11 per cent lower than the average price in July.

Russian import stop

The export of Norwegian salmon to Russia was reduced in August by close to 80 per cent to a total of 1,750 tonnes, measured in product weight, compared to the same month last year. This reduction is due to Russian’s import ban on food products from Norway, which took effect on 7 August.

Export to EU up

The value of exports of Norwegian salmon to the EU in August was close to NOK 2.4 billion, up 11 per cent from last August. Measured in product weight, the increase in exports to EU was as high as 22 per cent, totalling 63,902 tonnes. This means that, as expected, imports to the EU in August increased relatively more than the average otherwise. Poland and France were the largest markets in the EU for Norwegian salmon in August.

Exports to Asia and the U.S. up

The volume of exports of salmon to Asia was NOK 551 million in August, an increase of 11 per cent compared to the same month last year. This growth was driven by a volume increase of 2,000 tonnes, 20 per cent more than the same month last year.

The volume of exports of salmon to the U.S. was NOK 137 million in August, an increase of 77 per cent compared to last August. The exported volume increased by around 900 tonnes to a total of 2,006 tonnes.

Norwegian fjord trout exports down

The value of exports of Norwegian fjord trout in August was NOK 150 million, down NOK 60 million, or 28 per cent, compared to last August. Measured in product weight, the exported volume in August was down 30 per cent to a total of 3,300 tonnes. The largest markets for Norwegian fjord trout in August after Russia introduced the import ban were Belarus and Poland.

To date, total exports for fjord trout have totalled NOK 1,6 billion. This is an increase of NOK 133 million, or 9 per cent, compared to the same period last year.

Contact persons:

Bjørn-Erik Stabell, Marketing Manager for Salmon    Mobile: +47 934 09 806

Paul T. Aandahl, Branch Manager for Salmon & Trout    Mobile: +47 975 04 124

Ingrid Dahl Skarstein, Delegate to Russia       Mobile: +7 916 637 1968


The Norwegian Seafood Council is a joint marketing organisation for the Norwegian seafood industry and invests NOK 495 million annually in the development of markets for Norwegian seafood products. The council has its head office in Tromsø and offices in thirteen of Norway’s most important seafood markets. The Norwegian seafood industry finances the activities of the council through fees levied on all exports of Norwegian seafood.

The Norwegian Seafood Council is a public company owned by the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries.