Russia’s pollock fillet exports more than triple in first half

Frozen pollock fillets. Photo: Shutterstock Frozen pollock fillets. Photo: Shutterstock
Den kraftiga tillväxten är en följd av de fasta priserna på filéer på den globala marknaden.

Exporten av pollockfiléer från Ryssland mer än tredubblades under första halvåret 2018 till 31 300 ton, vilket utgör 57 procent av landets totala fisketillverkning, enligt den ryska föreningen för fiskeföretag, företagare och exportörer - VARPE.


Tillväxten stimulerades  både av en ökning av förädlingsprodukter från landet och en stigande trend i filépriserna. Värdet på Rysslands totala export av fisk och skaldjur ökade med 17 procent till 1,7 miljarder dollar (1,5 miljoner euro), delvis på grund av ökad mervärdesproduktion, men också en ökning i globala priser för fileterad fisk.

The sharp growth was spurred by the firm prices for fillets in the global market.

Exports of pollock fillets from Russia more than tripled in the first half of 2018 to reach 31,300 metric tons, making up 57 percent of the country's total seafood exports, according to the Russian association of fisheries enterprises, entrepreneurs and exporters VARPE.

The growth was spurred by both an increase in value-added products from the country and an upward trend in fillet prices. The value of Russia’s seafood exports overall jumped 17 percent to $1.7 billion (€1.5 million), in part due to the value-added production rise, but also a lift in global prices for filleted fish.

Overall seafood exports during the period increased 1.5 percent to reach 843,800 metric tons in the first half of the year, according to VARPE, but this does not include seafood harvested and sold outside the country's customs control zone.

Traditionally, frozen fish makes up the bulk -- around 86 percent in the first half -- of the country’s overall seafood exports.

During the period, frozen pollock exports fell 7 percent to 437,600 metric tons, accounting for 51.8 percent of the total, while herring exports increased 4 percent to 116,900 metric tons, making up 13.8 percent of the country’s overall seafood exports.
Exports of cod dived 5.4 percent to 53,400 metric tons, while salmon exports dropped 45.2 percent to 5,700 metric tons.

Fillet exports from Russia climbed 34.9 percent in the first six months of 2018 to hit 55,300 metric tons and $184 million (€159 million) in value. While pollock fillet exports jumped, exports of cod fillets dropped 44.3 percent to 9,300 metric tons. 

Haddock fillet exports remained flat at 2,300 metric tons compared with the year prior, while minced fish and surimi exports doubled to 6,700 metric tons.

Exports of crustaceans climbed 6.5 percent to 37,000 metric tons, including crab supplies from the country, reaching 30,400 metric tons.

Total exports of mollusks jumped 58 percent to 9,300 metric tons.

According to the VARPE forecast, in the second half of 2018, salmon and pollock fillets will provide the main growth in the country’s overall seafood exports, given that around 140,000 metric tons of pollock are expected to be caught in the Sea of Okhotsk in November and December.

In 2018, Russia’s overall seafood exports are expected to hit 1.7 million metric tons, worth $4.5 billion (€3.9 billion), while in the previous year seafood supplies from the country accounted for 2.1 million metric tons, according to official data.

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