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Norway-China salmon exports fall two-thirds in three years. China’s appetite for fresh Norwegian salmon has shrunk markedly since 2010, industry figures show. Exports were at 92 per cent three years ago. Data from the Norwegian Seafood Council shows they stood at 29 per cent at the end of 2013’s first six months. “Norway was by far the leading exporter in 2010. It's a dramatic situation,” the Council’s Sigmund Bjørgo remarks to Dagens Næringsliv.

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Norway-China salmon exports fall two-thirds in three years

Published on Thursday, 15th August, 2013 at 14:58 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

China’s appetite for fresh Norwegian salmon has shrunk markedly since 2010, industry figures show.

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Exports were at 92 per cent three years ago. Data from the Norwegian Seafood Council shows they stood at 29 per cent at the end of 2013’s first six months.

“Norway was by far the leading exporter in 2010. It's a dramatic situation,” the Council’s Sigmund Bjørgo remarks to Dagens Næringsliv.

The business daily also reports British and Faroese fresh salmon rose in the same period, giving them higher market share than Norway each.

Chinese-Norwegian relations deteriorated to freezer box temperatures that would keep the freshest Norwegian salmon frozen for years after Norway awarded dissident Liu Xiaobo the Nobel Peace Prize in 2010.

Meetings with Ministers were cancelled, free trade agreement talks stopped, former Eurovision Song Contest winner Alexander Rybak and Aftenposten staff banned.

The country also introduced stricter rules for imports of Norwegian fresh salmon in February 2011.

At the same time, sales of certain Norwegian exports did well, major Chinese bank ICBC considered opening branches in Norway, and Petroleum and Energy Minister Ola Borten Moe was let into China for a key environmental meeting (external link).

The Chinese are now also considering funding an inter-Scandinavia high-speed rail link.

Minister of Fisheries and Coastal Affairs Lisbeth Berg-Hansen acknowledges the salmon export situation is “a little more challenging”.

At the same time, she has faith Norway’s market share can be regained in time.



Published on Thursday, 15th August, 2013 at 14:58 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: norwegiansalmon, chinaimports.





  
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