Seafood exports from Norway have been breaking record after record in recent years, and the NoK109 billion in export values achieved in the first nine months of 2022 represents yet another new record – and a 29% increase on the figures for the same period in 2021.
‘The growth in value for Norwegian seafood exports has been impressive this year, and in September, we passed the NoK100 billion mark. Historically high prices are one of the reasons why the third quarter produced the highest ever export value for Norwegian seafood,’ said Christian Chramer, CEO of the Norwegian Seafood Council.
‘The record-breaking value for the first nine months of the year confirms the seafood industry’s position as the country’s second most important export industry. The whole of Norway can benefit from the activity and value created along our coastline,’ commented Fisheries and Oceans Minister Bjørnar Skjæran.
‘The government has set a target of at least a 50% increase in Norwegian exports, excluding oil and gas, by 2030. This year’s export figures show that the seafood industry will be an important contributor to achieving this target.’
The third quarter of 2022 figures were for the best ever quarter, with export valued at NoK39 billion, and September was the strongest single month ever for Norwegian seafood exports, with an export value of NOK 15.1 billion.
‘Norwegian seafood has maintained its strong global position both through the corona pandemic and the demanding times we find ourselves in now. Increased production costs, challenging logistics and soaring food inflation in our most important markets have raised seafood prices. Still, at the same time, we are facing uncertain times when purchasing power weakens, and markets are changing rapidly,’ Christian Chramer said.