Poles the biggest buyers as salmon exports hit an all time high

Aslak Berge
Double shifts at the packing plants.

For the third week in a row, Norwegian salmon exporters set a record. Last week, 36,383 tonnes of salmon were exported, converted to round weight. This is shown by the recent export statistics from Statistics Norway and the Norwegian Seafood Council.

A total of 1,058,407 tonnes of salmon were sent out at the end of the third quarter. This is a big leap from 910,235 tonnes in the same period last year. Measured in per cent, the increase is 11.6 per cent.

It is the large Polish processing companies that lead.

Poland imported 4,952 tonnes of fresh salmon in week 39, making it by far the largest single market for Norwegian exporters.

SalMar is among those who send a lot of fish to Poland at the moment. As far as SalmonBusiness is aware, the Frøya company sold 30 semi-trailers to the large smokehouse Milarex, just north of Slupsk, last week.

Photo: Milarex

Strengthened demand
The second largest buyer of fresh Norwegian salmon in week 39 was Denmark – a bit ahead of France. The Danes secured 3,142 tonnes, while French importers bought 2,522 tonnes of salmon.

Despite a sharp increase in the supply of fish this year, the price achieved is higher than at the same time last year. The export price, delivered to the Norwegian border, was NOK 53.53 (€5.35) per kilo, compared with NOK 50.77 (€5.07) in week 39 in 2020.

Higher achieved price for increased sales volumes implies a stronger demand for salmon products.


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