A total of 111 countries bought Norwegian farmed salmon in 2019

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Norway exported 1.06 million tonnes of farmed salmon last year.

Most of the salmon goes to European countries, and only 16% is processed before leaving Norway.

The total value of export salmon was NOK 72.5 billion in 2019, Statistics Norway (SSB) writes.

The value of salmon exports has more than tripled over the last ten years. 

The largest buyer of Norwegian farmed salmon is Poland, which bought more than 150,000 tonnes in 2019. 

Poland’s role

Poland is one of many countries that has built up an industry that processes Norwegian farmed salmon. Norway still has to pay customs duties to sell processed salmon to the EU. 

Polish companies can refine the salmon and sell it without duty. This is why little Norwegian salmon is processed in Norway.

Seafood exports by air have also risen sharply in recent years, from 65,000 tonnes in 2010 to 165,000 tonnes in 2019. 

Most of it goes to Asia, but the US and the Middle East also import a lot of Norwegian seafood.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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