In 2017, the amount of fish and fish products exported from Finland was 77 million kilos. The volume of exported fish increased by five million kilos from the year before. The value of exports, EUR 148 million, increased by as much as EUR 90 million.
– The increase in the value of fish exports was mainly due to the fact that the value of exports of fresh whole salmon, imported from Norway and exported to other European countries, increased from EUR 8 million to EUR 96 million. In total, 15 million kilograms was exported, says senior statistician Pentti Moilanen of the Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke).
The key export countries for fish and fish products were Estonia, the UK, France, Poland, Denmark, Lithuania, and Belarus. Over half of all fresh whole salmon was exported to the UK and France.
Fishmeal is a new export product
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. Fishmeal was a new export product with over million kilograms exported.
In 2017, about 116 million kilos of fish and fish products were imported to Finland. Compared to the previous year, the import volume increased by 15 million kilos. Total value of imports increased by EUR 108 million to EUR 510 million.
– The increase in the value of exports of fresh salmon to EUR 96 million was also reflected in the increase by the value of imports, Moilanen continues.
The most important import countries for fish and fish products included Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Estonia.