In the first eight months of 2011, China bought 1,763 metric tons of trout, round weight, from Norway at a value of NOK 58.3 million (€7.8 million/$10.9 million). In comparison, it bought 3,193 metric tons in 2010.
Both Russia and China have cut trout purchases from Norway this year. However, nearly one of every two trout produced in Norway still finds its way to Russia. China has cut its trout purchases from Norway by 45 percent so far this year, figures from the Norwegian Seafood Export Council show.
This means that China is now Norway’s fourth largest export market from trout, down from its second biggest market last year.
Russia has also cut its trout purchases from Norway. So far this year Norwegian trout producers have sold 11,680 metric tons of trout to Russia.
While that accounts for a whopping 47 percent of Norway’s total trout exports over the same period, the figure is actually down from 2010. That year, Russia bought 13,786 metric tons of trout from Norway in the first eight months of the year. That represented 50 percent of Norway’s total trout exports.
In value, Russia’s trout purchases from Norway topped NOK 392 million (€52.2 million/$73 million) so far this year.
Norway’s second largest trout market this year is the European Union. The latter bought 3,641 metric tons of trout at a value of NOK 125 million (€16.6 million/$23.3 million).
Third largest is Japan, which imported 2,611 metric tons at a value of NOK 91.4 million (€12.2 million/$17 million).