Norway alone exported 19,300 tons of salmon, valued at 895 million yuan ($133.97 million), to the Chinese mainland and Hong Kong in the first eight months, figures released by the Norwegian Seafood Export Council (NSEC) showed. The imports increased 35 percent in volume and 53 percent in value year-on-year.
“Some 130,000 tons of Norwegian seafood were imported to China in 2009, valued at 1.9 billion yuan,” Ashild Nakken, director of NSEC China, told China Daily.
“2010 could become another record-breaking year as the value already reached 1.9 billion yuan in September.”
Nakken said China will soon surpass Japan and become the most important market in Asia for Norwegian salmon.
“We are very happy that the Chinese people like Norwegian salmon. They buy more and pay more,” she said.