Scottish salmon exports up nearly 30 per cent

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Boosted quarter.

The Scottish Salmon Producers Organisation (SSPO) reports that figures released by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) show that Scotland’s salmon producers achieved a significant boost in exports during the first quarter of 2019 (Jan to March) compared to the same period last year.

Exports were valued at around GBP152 million, around 22,500 tonnes of fresh, chilled Scottish salmon. “It represents an increase of GBP 32 million (27%) on the first quarter of 2018 and is close to 2017 figures, which proved a record year overall for Scottish salmon exports,” the SSPO wrote.

“The EU remains the largest single regional market, accounting for more than 45% of Scotland’s salmon exports by value at around GBP 69 million. France maintains its position as Scottish salmon’s biggest importer followed by the United States, where there has been particularly strong growth, and China,” it added.

However, sales to Eastern Europe, Latin America, the Caribbean and Sub-Saharan Africa fell.