China loves Norwegian cod and mackerel


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So far this year, Norwegian seafood exports have grown by 5 percent in volume, to 1.4 million tons and 8 percent in value, to NOK 53.1 billion (CNY 44,6 billion) compared to the same period last year, according to the  Norwegian Seafood Council (NSC). The Norwegian fishermen can thank the Chinese fish-eaters for a great year – at least when it comes to cod and mackerel.

China is a big fan of Norwegian cod. Sales of frozen cod grew by 12 percent in volume and 13 percent in value in July, by shipping 7,200 tons for NOK 228 million (CNY 191,6 million). China and Lithuania were the biggest markets.

As to mackerel, the volume of its exports grew in July by 33 percent and by 49 percent in value compared to the seventh month last year.

All though Norway so far exported less mackerel this year, it obtained revenues that were 5 percent higher than those of last year were. So far this year, China and South Korea have been the biggest markets.

In July Norway exported 138,000 tons of seafood, which is 4 percent less than in the same month in 2016, but its value grew by 2 percent, reaching NOK 6.7 billion (CNY 5.6 billion).


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