Norwegian seafood exports totaled 2.7 million tonnes in 2018 or NOK 99 billion ($11.6 billion), according to the Norwegian Seafood Council.
In terms of volume, shipments increased by 4% and the value increased by 5%, or NOK 4.6 billion ($541 million) compared to 2017.
“Norway exported seafood at record levels totalling NOK 99 billion in 2018. Although we did not pass the magical NOK 100 billion marker, this has been another good year for Norwegian seafood exports. In summary, records were broken for Norwegian seafood, both in terms of export value and export volume in 2018.
This despite Brexit, the threat of trade wars and other challenges that have together created unpredictability in the world market. Seafood exports to the EU market have increased due to lower competition and a favourable currency situation against the euro. We see a decline in seafood exports to Asia, as a result of increased competition and continued challenging market access to China,” says Renate Larsen, CEO of the Norwegian Seafood Council.
Over the past 10 years, the value of Norwegian seafood exports has increased by 156 per cent.
The relationship between aquaculture and fisheries has changed little since 2017. Aquaculture accounts for 72 per cent of export value, and 40.5 per cent of the volume of total seafood exports for 2018.
Norway has exported 1.1 million tonnes of aquaculture fish with a value of NOK 71 billion in 2018. Volume has increased by 5 per cent, while the export value has increased by NOK 3.4 billion or 5 per cent from 2017.
Fisheries account for 28 per cent by value, and 59.5 per cent by volume. Norway exported 1.6 million tonnes of fish and shellfish with a total value of NOK 28 billion in 2018. This is an increase of 2 per cent by volume, and NOK 1.2 billion or 4 per cent by value compared to 2017.
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