Increased exports of pelagic fish
The value of Norwegian pelagic fish exports during the first six months of 2014 totalled NOK 2.6 billion, up one percent compared to the first six months of 2013.Herring exports totalled NOK 1.3 billion, a decrease of ten percent, while mackerel exports were up 41 percent, to a total of NOK 900 million.
The value of pelagic fish exports in June 2014 totalled NOK 319 million, a decrease of twelve percent compared to June 2013. Herring exports totalled NOK 195 million, down 28 percent, and mackerel exports totalled NOK 104 million, up 50 percent from last June.
Russia was the biggest market for Norwegian pelagic fish during the first half of 2014, followed by Denmark and the Netherlands.
“The continued high export value can be attributed to higher mackerel exports and stable herring exports. Asia imported more mackerel at a higher price, while Eastern Europe continues to import the majority of herring at prices equivalent to last year’s prices,” says Kristin Lien, Market analyst at the Norwegian Seafood Council.
Majority of exports to Russia
A total of 81,000 tonnes of whole frozen herring were exported during the first half of 2014, a decrease of six percent. Russia, Ukraine and Lithuania were the largest markets during the first six months of the year. The average price for whole frozen herring during the first half of 2014 was NOK 7.26, down NOK 0.07 from the same period last year. Total exports of frozen whole herring in June totalled 13,000 tonnes, up 27 percent from last year. The majority of exports were to the Netherlands.
A total of 48,000 tonnes of frozen herring fillet products were exported during the first half of 2014, an increase of twelve per cent. Measured in volume, the largest markets were Germany, Russia and Poland. The average price for frozen herring fillet products during the first half of 2014 were NOK 11.39, down nine percent from the same period last year.
Exports of frozen herring fillet products in June totalled 4,000 tonnes, down 30 percent from last year. The majority of exports were to Belarus and Russia.
Majority of mackerel exports destined for China
Total exports of whole frozen mackerel during the first six months of 2014 was 70,000 tonnes, an increase of 18 percent. The biggest markets for mackerel during this period were China, Nigeria and the Netherlands. Mackerel exported to China is processed in China and, for the most part, exported further to Japan for consumption. The average price for whole frozen mackerel during the first half of 2014 was NOK 11.89, an increase of 17 percent compared to the same period in last year.
Capelin exports down during first half of the year
Exports of capelin during the first six months of 2014 totalled 30,000 tonnes, down 20,000 tonnes from last year. The majority of exports were to Russia and China. The price was NOK 4.90, up NOK 0.60 compared to last year.