2020 began with high values and optimism for the year, but then the corona pandemic hit markets worldwide and Norwegian seafood exports lost the important sales segment of restaurants and hotels. There were challenges in logistics, and sales of seafood were largely transferred to supermarkets, online sites and takeaway services. Exports varied with positive development for herring and mackerel products, while clipfish and stockfish showed declines. The Norwegian Seafood Council attributes the positive result to five factors: a weakened Norwegian krone, an adaptable seafood industry, strong growth in mackerel and herring exports, second-highest salmon exports ever, and that Norwegian seafood is highly sought-after globally.
Measured in value, the top ten countries Norway exported seafood to in 2020 were: Poland, Denmark, France, the USA, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Spain, Japan, Italy, and China. More information is available on www.seafood.no.