In 2018, the amount of fish and fish products exported from Finland was 85 million kilos. The volume of exported fish increased by 8.5 million kilos from the year before. The value of exports increased by EUR 33 million to EUR 181 million.
The increase in the value of fish exports was due to an increase in the value of exports of fresh whole salmon imported from Norway and re-exported to other European countries from EUR 96 million to EUR 137 million. Exports was more than 23 million kilos.
“Not including the re-exports of salmon, the export volume of 62 million kilos was the same as in 2017. However, the value of exports decreased by EUR 9 million to EUR 44 million”, says Pentti Moilanen, senior statistician at the Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke).
Key export countries for fish and fish products were France, the UK, Lithuania, Estonia, Poland, Denmark and Spain. Of the exports of fresh whole salmon, a total of 44 per cent were directed at France and the UK.
Finland’s most important export products included fresh salmon and rainbow trout, fresh and frozen Baltic herring and sprat, and fish roe and roe products.
In 2018, about 117 million kilos of fish and fish products were imported to Finland. Compared to the previous year, the import volume decreased by one million kilos. The total value of imports increased by EUR 11 million to EUR 523 million.
The import of fresh whole salmon totalled 47 million kilos, and its value was EUR 287 million. When re-exports are deducted from imports, the amount of fresh whole salmon remaining in Finland was nearly 24 million kilos. This figure was approximately three million kilos lower than in 2017.
The most important import countries for fish and fish products included Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Estonia.