Monday, 11 January 2021 11:48

Norway exported the second-highest value ever despite corona pandemic

EM1 21 News Int NorwayNorway exported 2.7 million tonnes of seafood worth NOK 105.7 billion (~EUR 10.2 billion) in 2020. This is the second-highest value ever and is the equivalent to 37 million meals every day throughout the year or 25,000 meals per minute. The total volume of seafood exports increased by 2 per cent in 2020, while the value was reduced by 1 per cent, or NOK 1.5 billion, compared with the record year of 2019. Seafood exports for the second year in a row exceeded the ‘magical’ NOK 100 billion mark and that this was achieved during the corona pandemic in 2020 was fantastic, said Odd Emil Ingebrigtsen, Minister of Fisheries and Seafood.

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