Fish sales booming

Scottish salmon breaks records amid EU warning

Julie Hesketh-Laird and Fergus Ewing

Scottish salmon exports hit a record high in 2019, according to new figures which follow a warning of the added cost burdens facing producers because of Brexit.

There has also been a dip in sales to China as a result of the coronavirus impacting on trade.

Official statistics released by HMRC show the value of exports last year hit £618 million, the highest ever, while sales of salmon overseas increased by 22% over 2018. The tonnage exported also increased by 26% to over 94,000 tonnes.

France, US, and China were the top three markets of 54 countries which imported Scottish salmon.  For the third year running, France emerged as the largest market for Scottish salmon with sales worth £221m, followed by US (£179m), and China (£59m).

The EU accounted for 56% of the volume of global Scottish salmon exports and 52% of the value.

In total, 17 of the top 20 export markets showed positive growth in 2019.

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