Record-high cod exports in January
The export of cod, Norwegian saithe and haddock amounted to more than NOK 1.1 billion in January. This represents an increase of NOK 107 million or 10 per cent from last January.
Measured in quantities, the export of all codfish increased by 10 per cent, at prices somewhat higher than last year’s.
“This year started off with record-high cod exports both in terms of value and quantities, and it is especially pleasing to note this development at rising prices," says Ove Johansen, Marketing Manager for codfish at the Norwegian Seafood Export Council.
The value of fresh codfish products from fisheries amounted to NOK 282.5 million in January,69 per cent up from last year.Measured in volume, Norway exported 93 per cent more fresh whole cod, totalling 8.775 tonnes.The price rose by 3 per cent or NOK 0.67 per kilo.
Fresh filet products amounted to NOK 53.4 million, representing 23 per cent more than in January last year.Measured in volumes, it represents a 19 percent increase for this export.
Major increase in frozen fish
The export of frozen cod, Norwegian saithe and haddock amounted to a total of NOK 445 million in the first month of the year. 30 per cent up from last year. China tops the list, buying to the tune of NOK 158.3 million representing a 50 per cent growth.
The value of export of whole frozen cod, Norwegian saithe and haddock increased by 32 per cent, while the value of filets is seeing a 3 per cent increase.
Falling volumes of clipfish
Norway exported clipfish for NOK 298 million in January,28 per cent down from last January.Clipfish exports amounted to 8,800 tonnes, making it 3,432 tonnes less than in January 2013.
Of this, the export of clipfish from Atlantic cod amounted to NOK 130 million.This is 30 per cent less than last year, and the average price also dropped by 5 per cent per kilo.The value of clipfish and Norwegian saithe amounted to NOK 129.5 million or 24 per cent down from January 2013. The average price was 6 per cent higher per kilo than for the same time last year.
Prices up on salted fish
The export of salted fish, both whole and filets, amounted to a total of NOK 34 million in January, the same level as last year. The quantities saw a drop of 11 per cent at the same time as the prices went up by 12 per cent.
Portugal was the biggest market for salted fish, buying to the tune of NOK 16 million in January, at prices 8 per cent higher than January last year.
Dried fish up in volumes
Dried fish exported amounted to NOK 55.7 million in the first month of the year.This is an increase of 15 percent compared to January last year.Measured in tonnes dried fish exports saw a 58 percent increase, to 670 tonnes.
For Lofoten dried fish, the total export comes to 427 tonnes, representing an 18 per cent growth compared to the same month last year.Export of Lofoten dried cod to Italy amounted to NOK 31.8 million,representing a 20 per cent decline; the average price for Italy also fell by 11 per cent per kilo.
Fall in export of white fish from Norwegian aquaculture
The export of white fish from aquaculture fell by 16 percent to a total of NOK 11.2 million.The export of cod from Norwegian aquaculture, both whole and filets, dropped by 29 percent to a total of NOK 5.4 million.The price of whole aquaculture cod went down by 9 per cent.