New figures show 42 percent increase in exports to Asia for Scottish producers

Editorial Staff

Scottish salmon exports have seen an increase of 7 percent in value over the past year, according to new data from the HMRC, analyzed by Salmon Scotland.

The figures for the first three quarters of 2023 to September revealed a £33 million rise, bringing the total value to £478 million. On an annual basis, Scottish salmon exports reached £611 million, solidifying its position as the UK’s top food export.

During the first nine months of the year, more than 53,000 tons of Scottish salmon were exported to over 50 countries. The European Union (EU) remains a significant destination for exports, accounting for £287 million in the first three quarters, with France as the largest market at £211 million, according the industry trade body.

Exports of Scottish salmon beyond the EU increased by 15 percent to £191 million, with the United States being a key destination, accounting for £113 million, an 11 percent increase. Asia saw substantial export growth, with a 41 percent increase in value and a 42 percent increase in volume, reaching £66 million and 5,400 tons, respectively.

John Lamont, the UK Government Minister for Scotland, emphasized the importance of Scottish salmon as a significant export success story, supporting the economy and jobs in coastal communities.

“Our biggest food export is rightly renowned around the globe and is also of huge importance for many of our coastal communities, supporting thousands of jobs all over Scotland,” said Lamont. “The UK Government is determined to ensure it continues to enjoy a sustainable and profitable future. As we strike new international trade deals this will create more worldwide opportunities for Scottish salmon.”

Tavish Scott, Chief Executive of Salmon Scotland, highlighted the crucial role of Scottish salmon in the UK economy and its increasing global demand, contributing to millions of nutritious meals and supporting well-paying, long-term jobs in Scotland. Scott also noted the importance of potential legal changes in protecting the reputation and quality of Scottish salmon abroad while guarding against food fraud.


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