Around 5,000 tonnes of salmon expected to pass through Heathrow over Christmas

Salmon is a key UK export being shipped through Heathrow during the festive period.

Over 144,000 tonnes – the equivalent weight of 68 London Eyes – of Christmas cargo is expected to fly through Heathrow, during the holiday season. Of this, around 4942 tonnes will be fresh salmon – which Heathrow compared to the weight of “approximately 114 Caledonian sleeper trains (CAF Mark 5 model)”.

Around GBP 400 million worth of Scottish salmon was exported this year, with over 50,000 tonnes of fresh salmon of it shipped through Heathrow a year.

The London airport said in a press release that analysis of Seabury cargo data from November and December 2018 revealed a surge in the export of British Christmas essentials.

The salmon farmer Mowi was featured in Heathrow’s “12 Exporters of Christmas” social media campaign #12ExportersofChristmas.

Heathrow’s Chief Commercial Officer Ross Baker told SalmonBusiness:
“We’re proud to support Britain’s small businesses as they supply Christmas essentials to the rest of the world and invite you to experience the magic yourself of our 12 Exporters of Christmas.”

Mowi Scotland Georgina Wright Head of Sales told SalmonBusiness that moving fish quickly was of paramount importance.

“Our ability to move fresh salmon quickly to markets around the world is vital. The Christmas period is an especially busy time with high demand for fresh Scottish salmon, so efficient transport via Heathrow and other export channels is key to our business.”