Scottish salmon exports hit £346m in 2017: US largest market

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This year’s Scottish salmon exports have risen by 70 percent compared to the same period last year.

According to the BBC the United States remains the largest market, with China the most significant Asian buyer.

Scott Landsburgh, chief executive of the Scottish Salmon Producers Organisation (SSPO), was extremely happy with the latest export figures, especially to the Far East.

“The fact that annual Chinese exports are now worth around £90m from a standing start six or seven years ago, indicates that this has been worth the effort,” he said.

According to Landsburgh, Taiwan and Vietnam are among the top ten importers.

Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing was also pleased with the numbers. But he added that this success underlines the importance of protecting Scotland’s food and drink exports from the potentially damaging consequences of Brexit.