Best April month ever for Norwegian salmon exports
The value of exports of Norwegian salmon in April totalled over NOK 3 billion. This was 38 per cent more than in the same month last year and is the best April month ever registered.
The value of Norwegian salmon exports in April 2013 is beaten only by the record-setting months of November and December 2010.
“Weak growth in global supplies of salmon combined with continued growth in demand has driven prices upwards, with the result that we are continuing to see Norwegian salmon setting new export records,” says senior market analyst Paul Aandahl from the Norwegian Seafood Council.
This year to date, the value of Norwegian salmon exports totals NOK 11.1 billion. This is 25 per cent more than in the same period last year. The volume of exports in April was the same as in April 2012. Export volume levels for this year to date are down by 3.5 per cent to a total of 286,000 tonnes.
Strong upward price trend
The average export price for fresh whole Norwegian salmon in April was NOK 42.01 per kg. This is NOK 4.39 per kg higher than in the previous month and NOK 12.86 or 44 per cent up on the same month last year.
Exports to EU up
While the total volume of Norwegian salmon exports has remained stable, the volume of exports to the EU in April was 7 per cent up on April last year. Poland is the market with the biggest growth, up by 47 per cent from April 2012. Other EU growth markets are Germany, the Netherlands and Italy, while exports to France and Denmark are down.
Exports to eastern Europe down
The strong growth in the volume of exports to eastern Europe in recent years appears to have eased, with April’s decline in export volume mainly attributable to a 20 per cent drop in exports to Russia.
However, exports to other countries in the region are showing continued growth, with exports to Ukraine up by 20 per cent and to Belarus by no less than 42 per cent.
Reduced export volume to Asia
The volume of exports of Norwegian salmon to Asia in April totalled a little less than 10,000 tonnes. Asia accounts for 14 per cent of total export volume. Compared to April last year, export volume was down by 12 per cent. The biggest decline was in exports to Taiwan, Japan and China.
Fillet exports increase
The volume of exports of fresh fillets in April totalled 5,597 tonnes. This was 7 per cent up on the same month last year. Exports of frozen fillets in April increased in volume by 26 per cent to a total of 3,105 tonnes. The strongest growth in exports of both fresh and frozen fillets was to Poland and Japan.
Value of Norwegian Fjord Trout exports continues to grow
The volume of exports of Norwegian Fjord Trout in April totalled 4,535 tonnes to a value of NOK 194 million. Despite volume being 2 per cent down compared to April last year, the value of exports increased by 37 per cent. Russia accounted for the biggest export volume with 2,649 tonnes. This was also the market with the biggest reduction in export volume, falling 450 tonnes in April, while Denmark and Poland saw the volume of exports in April increase by 171 tonnes and 167 tonnes respectively. The average export price for fresh whole Norwegian Fjord Trout in April was NOK 44.29 per kg. This is NOK 2.28 higher than the average price of fresh whole Norwegian salmon and NOK 3.97 per kg higher than in the previous month. Compared to April 2012, the price is up by NOK 14.82 per kg.