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Aug 5 - Norway’s Seafood Exports Levels for July Match Previous Year; Salmon Sees Growth in Volume


Jul 6 - Norwegian Seafood Export Value Reaches All-Time High in First-Half Year


Jun 30 - Hokkaido Scallop Producers Regain Access to Top Market Through New Export Route


Jun 25 - Norwegian Salmon Exports to China Fall 97 Percent Following Beijing Outbreak


May 22 - US, China Continue to Implement Phase One Trade Agreement


May 8 - NFI Releases Statement on Executive Order Regarding U.S. Seafood Competitiveness and Economic Growth


Apr 2 - Norwegian Seafood Sector Pivots to Frozen Fish as Production Continues During Pandemic


Mar 30 - Russia Hopes to Significantly Increase Exports of Pollock Fillets to U.S. Market This Year


Mar 16 - Ecuador's Shrimp Sector Assessing Export Markets Amid Coronavirus Outbreaks


Mar 10 - USTR Denies 25% Tariff Exclusion Request for Frozen Tilapia From China


Mar 10 - Vietnam-based Saigon Food Implements Coronavirus Measures, Precautions


Mar 5 - Norwegian Seafood Export Volume Drops in February, Value Increases as Coronavirus Makes an Impact


Feb 26 - China’s Tariff Exemption Step in the Right Direction for U.S. Lobster Industry


Feb 25 - Here’s the List of U.S. Seafood Items China Will Exempt From Retaliatory Tariffs


Feb 17 - SSPO Praise U.S.’ Decision to Pull Back Tariffs on Scottish Salmon


Feb 10 - Seafood Trader Convicted of Illegally Smuggling Endangered European Baby Eels


Feb 7 - Norway's Salmon Export Value Jumps to Kick off 2020


Feb 6 - China Cuts Tariffs on $75 Billion of U.S. Goods, Over 100 Seafood Items Included


Jan 29 - Russian Crab Producers on Verge of Record Losses Due to Coronavirus


Jan 24 - Maine Representatives Urge USTR to Hold China Accountable on U.S. Lobster Commitment


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Norway’s Seafood Exports Levels for July Match Previous Year; Salmon Sees Growth in Volume

In the month of July, Norway exported NOK 7.9 billion in seafood, maintaining the same export levels as last year. For the year, Norway has exported NOK 60.8 billion worth of seafood, a three percent increase in value.

The Norwegian Seafood Council (NSC) highlighted three factors behind July’s export statistics.

First, the weakened Norwegian krone contributed to the increase in seafood value. However, there has been a significant difference in value between species.

“Saithe and herring prices have held up relatively well compared with more expensive species such as salmon...

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Norwegian Seafood Export Value Reaches All-Time High in First-Half Year

According to the Norwegian Seafood Council (NSC), the export value of the Norwegian seafood reached an all-time high for the first half of the year.

The main driving factor behind the boost in export value is the weak Norwegian krone, according to the Council’s CEO Renate Larsen.

“Despite a very challenging spring with the corona crisis, we have still seen growth in seafood exports in the first half of the year. Salmon, trout, herring and mackerel have increased the most compared to the first half of 2019,” Larsen said...

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Norwegian Salmon Exports to China Fall 97 Percent Following Beijing Outbreak

In its latest industry update, the Norwegian Seafood Council (NSC) noted a 97 percent decline in fresh salmon exports to China last week, when compared to the previous year.

"The sharp fall in weekly exports of salmon to China must be seen in light of recent outbreak of Covid-19 in Beijing and the effects this has had on the trade and demand of salmon,” Victoria Braathen, the Norwegian Seafood Council's Country Director in China said.

Braathen noted that Chinese authorities confirmed salmon was not at the source of...

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NFI Releases Statement on Executive Order Regarding U.S. Seafood Competitiveness and Economic Growth

On Thursday afternoon President Donald Trump signed an Executive Order on “Promoting American Seafood Competitiveness and Economic Growth.”

National Fisheries Institute President John Connelly issued the following statement on the Executive Order:

Today President Trump highlighted the importance of the U.S. seafood community to America’s economy, heritage, and future. By issuing an Executive Order that recognizes the benefits of American seafood trade and promotes the vital role it plays in the industry’s recovery, he underscored the significance of delicious, high quality U.S. seafood exports...

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USTR Denies 25% Tariff Exclusion Request for Frozen Tilapia From China

A pair of requests from companies looking to be excluded from 25% tariffs on frozen tilapia imports from China were rejected by the United States Trade Representative on March 5.

Requests from Hawaii-based Hilo Fish Company and J&J Seafoods, based in California, were denied according to letters signed by General Counsel Joseph Barloon. The letters were posted on the USTR’s website.

J&J’s request called for exclusions on “individually quick frozen tilapia fillets of varying sizes treated with tasteless smoke, packaged together in bags or carton...

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Norwegian Seafood Export Volume Drops in February, Value Increases as Coronavirus Makes an Impact

According to the Norwegian Seafood Council, the country exported 216,000 tonnes of seafood worth NOK 9.3 billion (~$1 billion USD).

The total volume of exports was a six percent drop compared to February 2019, but the value increased by NOK 1.4 billion, a 17 percent jump.

Through two months, Norway exported a total of 430,000 tonnes worth NOK 19 billion. Again, that is a minor two percent dip in volume, but a significant 15 percent increase in value.

“Despite increased uncertainty..."

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Here’s the List of U.S. Seafood Items China Will Exempt From Retaliatory Tariffs

Last week, China said it would begin accepting applications for tariff exemptions for 696 U.S. products, including over 40 seafood products imported from the United States.

Chinese companies looking for an exemption on the additional tariffs that were implemented during the China-U.S. trade war can submit their applications from March 2, according to the Ministry of Finance of the People’s Republic of China.

The exemptions of the 42 seafood-related items will allow Chinese companies to import goods, avoiding retaliatory tariffs that were implemented...

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Seafood Trader Convicted of Illegally Smuggling Endangered European Baby Eels

The United Kingdom’s Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) announced the conviction of Gilbert Khoo, who illegally smuggled critically endangered baby European eels at Southwark Crown Court on February 7.

Khoo was shown to have engaged in illegal trading out of the UK of European eels between 2015 and 2017, the CPS said. He failed to inform authorities of his profit-making illegal exporting activity.

“Khoo was trading these animals purely for a financial gain,” Marion Longford, of the CPS Specialist Fraud Division, said. “He had no regard...

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China Cuts Tariffs on $75 Billion of U.S. Goods, Over 100 Seafood Items Included

China announced on Thursday that they will halve tariffs on hundreds of U.S. goods worth around $75 billion.

The country will lower retaliatory tariffs from 10% to 5% on some goods and 5% to 2.5% on others. The change will take effect on February 14, according to a statement from China’s Finance Ministry. The U.S. will follow suit by slashing tariffs in half for $120 billion worth of Chinese goods on the same day.

The goal of the tariff relief was...

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Maine Representatives Urge USTR to Hold China Accountable on U.S. Lobster Commitment

A delegation of Maine representatives sent a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer asking for specific information regarding China’s commitment to purchase lobster in a recently announced U.S.-China trade deal.

U.S. Senators Angus King (I-Maine) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) and U.S. Representatives Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) and Jared Golden (D-Maine) pushed the USTR to release China’s financial commitment to American lobster.

The representatives cited China’s history of not fulfilling trade agreements. The delegation wants transparency to ensure that China will purchase American lobster...

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Hokkaido Scallop Producers Regain Access to Top Market Through New Export Route

Scallop producers in Hokkaido, Japan recently began their harvest season but were unable to access its top markets in Hong Kong and China due to COVID-19 travel restrictions.

DHL Global Forwarding has helped the cause of the producers of the Japanese delicacy by provided a charter that will travel from the island’s main airport to Hong Kong three times a week.

According to DHL, Hong Kong is the top importer of Japanese agricultural and marine products and also serves as a gateway to China which...

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US, China Continue to Implement Phase One Trade Agreement

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) noted progress in the implementation of the U.S.-China Phase One trade deal, in a joint announcement.

Both countries took steps to complete agriculture-related provisions including updates regarding seafood exports to China.

The USTR highlighted d China’s updated list of 397 seafood facilities that are eligible to export products to the country. USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service also updated its export library, providing additional guidance for U.S. meat exporters including information about what products can be shipped...

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Norwegian Seafood Sector Pivots to Frozen Fish as Production Continues During Pandemic

As the coronavirus creates a plethora of problems for the seafood industry across the globe, the Norwegian Seafood Council (NSC) provided updates on how the country’s seafood sector is weathering the storm.

According to the Council, the Norwegian government, transportation sector and the seafood industry are working to maintain production and supply of Norwegian seafood.

“Producers and their customers all over the world are finding solutions and overcoming hurdles to deliver nutritious and top-quality seafood, despite the crisis,” CEO of the Norwegian Seafood Council, Renate Larsen said...

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Ecuador's Shrimp Sector Assessing Export Markets Amid Coronavirus Outbreaks

Ecuador’s National Chamber of Aquaculture (Cámara Nacional De Acuacultura) noted that the country’s shrimp sector is monitoring the impact that COVID-19 (coronavirus) will have on its exports.

With countries implementing travel bans and imposing other public health regulations, the sector said that the consumption of products, including Ecuadorian shrimp will be limited. The chamber noted Italy, which announced a general quarantine until April 3.

“Italy today within the European Union is the most affected country and this country acquires 30% of our exports to the European Union..."

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Vietnam-based Saigon Food Implements Coronavirus Measures, Precautions

Saigon Food, a Vietnamese food manufacturer, provided a look into the measures the company has taken since coronavirus outbreaks have impacted the country.

The company, which employs over 2500 people had its workforce return on January 20 and worked a normal schedule. A representative for the company’s Board of Directors, General Director Nguyen Quang Tuong sent a letter to all employees, he called for improving prevention.

"COVID-19 is dangerous but if we know how to prevent it, we will not be suffered from it,” Tuong wrote according to...

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China’s Tariff Exemption Step in the Right Direction for U.S. Lobster Industry

Relief may be in sight for the United States lobster industry. After the Chinese market was largely taken off the table due to the U.S.-China trade war, recent tariff exemptions may bring China back into the fold.

On February 18, China announced that 696 U.S. products would be exempt from tariffs, including 42 seafood products, worth $300 million.

Live, fresh and chilled lobster is one of the key items listed. On the surface, this is good news for lobstermen, particularly in Maine, who have...

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SSPO Praise U.S.’ Decision to Pull Back Tariffs on Scottish Salmon

The Scottish Salmon Producers Organisation (SSPO) was relieved to hear that the United States has decided to pull back tariffs on Scottish salmon as trade disputes between the E.U. and U.S. continue.

In December 2019, the USTR listed salmon fillets on its list of products that were targeted for increased tariffs. Now, salmon has been removed from the revised list.

“We are relieved that our farmers will be able to continue sending top quality Scottish salmon to the USA without any new barriers in their way,” Hamish Macdonell, Director...

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Norway's Salmon Export Value Jumps to Kick off 2020

One month into 2020, Norway saw a 15 percent increase in export value compared to January of 2019, according to the Norwegian Seafood Council.

In total, Norway exports 207,000 tonnes of seafood, totaling NOK 9.8 billion in January. The volume remained the same, but the value jumped by NOK 1.2 billion in 2020.

One of the key reasons behind the growth was salmon. Norway’s salmon export volume saw a slight boost, while the value jumped up by 21 percent compared to a year ago...

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Russian Crab Producers on Verge of Record Losses Due to Coronavirus

The ever spreading coronavirus may result in serious losses of Russian crab producers supplying their products to China – the main sales market for them, according to recent statements from producers and industry analysts.

As German Zverev, president of the All-Russian Association of Fisheries Enterprises, Entrepreneurs and Exporters (WARPE), said in an interview to the Russian RBC business paper, the losses of Russian crab exporters in Q1 of the current year may reach $80 million USD in revenue due to lower demand for...

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