September 30, 2011
Ukraine lowers fish imports from Norway
Ukraine's fish imports from Norway were down by 26,516 tonnes or 32.4% to 55,239 tonnes in the period of January-June 2011, compared with the same period last year, a representative of the Norwegian Seafood Export Council said.
In monetary terms, imports increased by 6.7% or EUR4.445-70.78 million (US$6.028-95.988 million).
In particular, herring imports decreased while salmon and mackerel imports increased.
Thus, imports of frozen herring shrank by 17.6% to 30,755 tonnes in the period of January-June 2011, compared with the corresponding period of 2010, but it increased in monetary terms by 20.9% to EUR24.223 million (US$32.85 million).
Whole herring fillets were imported in the volume of 3,485 thousand tonnes, which is 31% less than the volume imported in the corresponding period of last year; in monetary terms, its import increased by 28% to EUR4.891 million (US$6.632 million).
Herring fillet halves were imported in the volume of 4,300 tonnes, which is 19.7% lower than the volume of imports in the corresponding period of last year; in monetary terms, imports increased by 46.6% to EUR5.952 million (US$8.070 million).
Salmon worth EUR23.739 million (US$32.170 million) was imported in the period of January-June 2011, which is 27.8% more than the import volume in the corresponding period of last year; in physical quantity, salmon imports totalled 8,139 tonnes or 8.2% more than the quantity imported in the period of January-June 2010.
Mackerel imports also increased by 38.2% to 4,250 tonnes in the period of January-June 2011, compared with the corresponding period of 2010; in monetary terms, its import volume increased by 67% to EUR7.031 million (US$9.524 million) in the period of January-June 2011, compared with the corresponding period of 2010.
The tendency toward a reduction in the volume of imports coupled with an increase in their cost continued in the period of January-August.
For example, in general, fish imports from Norway fell by 23.4% to 66,891 tonnes during the period of January-August 2011 compared with the period of January-August 2010; in monetary terms, the volume of imports increased by 11.6% to EUR87.323 million (US$118.81 million).
The tendency toward an increase in the supply of salmon and mackerel and a reduction in the volume of import of frozen herring and herring fillet also continues.
Exports of fish and seafood increased by 5% or 3,100 tonnes to 63,500 tonnes worth US$65.5 million in 2010 compared with 2009 while fish and seafood imports increased by 4.6% or 20,700 tonnes to 471,200 tonnes worth US$653.5 million in 2010, compared with 2009.
The volume of fish and other aquatic resources caught in Ukraine decreased by 14.9% or 38,288 tonnes to 218,700 tonnes in 2010.