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Norwegian seafood exports reduced

The export of seafood from Norway has so far this year been reduced by 11 per cent.

The export of seafood from Norway has so far this year been reduced by 11 per cent.

During the first seven months, seafood worth NOK 13.9 billion has been sold abroad, down from NOK 15.6 billion in the same period last year.

This is shown by the latest figures from the Fisheries' Export Council and Statistics Norway.

The drop is mainly caused by a decline in the export of fish to Great Britain and Japan, according to the Export Council.

In July, the export of seafood to Britain dropped by 43 per cent, compared with the same month last year. This was mainly due to lower sales of cod, fishmeal and shrimps.

The export to Japan dropped by 32 per cent, with lower sales of salmon, trout and capelin as the main reason.

The positive factor is the increase in export of seafood to Russia. In July, the export to Russia nearly doubled, to NOK 95 milllion, mainly due to the increasaed sales of salmon and trout.

Russia is now the fifth most important market for Norwegian seafood, after Denmark, France, Japan and Germany.