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Norwegian mackerel exports down in September

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Norwegian mackerel exports down in September

Norway exported herring, mackerel and other pelagic fish to a value of NOK 3.7 billion so far this year. This is a decline of 6 per cent compared with the same period last year.

In the year-to-date, Norwegian herring exports totalled NOK 1.5 billion. This is a decrease of 16 per cent compared with the same period in 2014. So far this year Norwegian mackerel exports were worth NOK 1.6 billion. This is a decline of 7 per cent compared with the same period last year. The Netherlands is the largest market for Norwegian pelagic fish.

”The reduced value of pelagic exports reflects lower volumes so far this year”, says Paul Aandahl, Analyst with the Norwegian Seafood Council.

September exports of pelagic fish were worth NOK 733 million. This is 21 per cent less than during September 2014. Herring exports were worth NOK 168 million in September, which is at the same level as the previous September. Mackerel exports totalled NOK 534 million in September. This marks a decline of 28 per cent compared with the same month in 2014.

Nigeria is this year´s biggest importer of Norwegian mackerel

So far this year, 143,000 tonnes of frozen whole mackerel have been exported. This is a reduction of 8 per cent compared with the same period last year. The largest import markets of mackerel have been Nigeria, the Netherlands and Japan. The average price of frozen whole mackerel so far this year at was NOK 10.52 per kilo, a slight reduction of 1 per cent compared to the same period last year.

September exports of frozen whole mackerel totalled 51,000 tonnes. This is a reduction of 33 per cent from September 2014. The largest share of export volumes have been to Japan, the Netherlands and China.

The Netherlands is the biggest herring market so far this year

67,000 tonnes of frozen whole herring have been exported so far this year. This is a decline of 37 per cent compared with the volumes exported in the same period last year. Netherlands, Lithuania and Poland were the biggest markets year-to-date. The average price of frozen whole herring was NOK 8.63 per kilo, an increase of 21 per cent compared to the same period last year.

September exports totalled 9,000 tonnes of frozen whole herring, an increase of 14 per cent from last September. The largest volumes were to the Ukraine.

47,000 tonnes of frozen herring fillet products have been exported so far this year. This represents a drop of 29 per cent compared with the same period last year. The largest markets by volume, have been Poland, Germany and Lithuania. The average price of frozen herring fillet products was NOK 12.89 per kilo. An increase of 16 per cent compared to the same nine months of 2014.

September exports of frozen herring fillet products were 6,000 tonnes. This is a reduction of 44 per cent compared with September 2014. The largest importers by volumes this month have been Poland and Germany.

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The Norwegian Seafood Council works with the Norwegian fisheries and aquaculture industries to develop markets for Norwegian seafood through local market intelligence, market development and reputational risk management. The Seafood Council is headquartered in Tromsø and maintains local representatives in twelve of Norway's most important international markets. The Norwegian seafood industry finances the activities of the Norwegian Seafood Council via a tariff on all Norwegian seafood exports.

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

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Paul T. Aandahl

Paul T. Aandahl

Seafood Analyst +47 975 04 124

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