In 2018, Norway exported about 150,000 tons of seafood to China, valued at 3.738 billion Norwegian kroner (about 3 billion Yuan), based on Norwegian Seafood Council. Top three products ranking exports in export value are Norwegian arctic cod, Norwegian salmon and mackerel. And at the beginning of 2019, Norwegian seafood still has a big growth. According to the FIS reports, in January of this year Norway exported 200,600 tons of seafood, worth NKR 8.6 billion, a 4% decrease year on year in export volume, but a 13% increase year on year in export value.
It is learned that Norwegian seafood has been well received in the Chinese market in recent years. In 2018, Norway exported 2.7 million tons of seafood in total, of which export value reached 99 billion Norwegian kroner (about 79.4 billion Yuan), and its export value to China also increased. Among them, white fish, represented by Norway's arctic cod, is an important seafood species in Norway, accounting for more than half of Norway's total seafood export volume to China. Of all seafood exported to China, Norwegian arctic cod ranked first in export value, worth 856 million Norwegian kroner (about 687 million Yuan).
In addition to Norwegian arctic cod, Norwegian salmon was the second ranking exports in export value to China, and its export value reached 826 million Norwegian kroner (about 663 million Yuan) in 2018, an increase of 275% year-on-year. Moreover, the export volume also rose from 4,000 tons in 2017 to more than 12,000 tons in 2018, an increase of 201%. The third ranking was mackerel, worth 612 million Norwegian kroner (about 491 million Yuan) .
In addition, it is worth noting that Norway's king crab exports have been boosted by a surge in consumption in the Chinese market. In 2018,the export value of Norwegian king crab to China totalled 13 million Norwegian kroner (about 10.43 million Yuan), an increase of 276 %. Export value of Norwegian snow crab to China rose by 825 % to 12.9 million Norwegian kroner (about 10.35 million Yuan).
With the rapid development of the cold chain technology and the new retail consumption, Norwegian seafood will reach the second-tier and third-tier cities in China to meet the growing demand of consumers, said Victoria Braathen, Director China at Norwegian Seafood Council.