Exports of Scottish salmon to EU reached record levels in Q1

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Demand for Scottish salmon by European customers remained strong despite significant post-Brexit disruptions to supply in early January.

Released on Friday, figures compiled by the Scottish Salmon Producers Organisation (SSPO) from information supplied by all of Scotland’s salmon producers show that 19,410 tonnes of Scottish salmon, worth more than GBP 100 million, were exported to the EU in Q1 of this year.

Intense competition in the marketplace however means that while volumes are up, values did not increase at a corresponding rate.

“Export volumes to the EU may well be up for the first quarter of the year but increased delays in getting products to our EU markets have kept values low,” explained SSPO chief executive Tavish Scott.

“As the country and companies start to bounce back from the huge problems presented by Covid these figures show the worth of the salmon sector as an economic driver for Scotland, aiding the country’s renewal through job creation and tax revenues,” he added.