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Scottish salmon exports soar 70%, boosted by Asian demand

Taiwanese and Japanese markets show significant growth.

Scottish salmon exports reached a record value of £346 million (€380.5 million/$450.1 million), a 70 percent increase in export value on the same period last year.

New figures released by UK tax office, HMRC, reveal the second quarter of this year saw 29,000 metric tons of fresh salmon worth £190 million (€208.9 million/$247.2 million) exported, representing a 22 percent increase in export value over the first quarter.

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The United States remains the largest market while China remains the most significant Asian market worth £44 million (€48.4 million/$57.2 million) so far this year.

Notable in the official statistics is growth in Taiwan and Japan which together accounted for just under £9 million (€9.9 million/$11.7 million) in Q2 alone.

The Far East is on course to develop into a major export market behind the United States, said Scott Landsburgh, outgoing chief executive of the Scottish Salmon Producers Organisation (SSPO).

“The development of the Far East marketplace is a huge program of work and the fact that annual Chinese exports are now worth around £90 million (€99 million/$117.1 million) from a standing start six or seven years ago indicates that this has been worth the effort," he said ahead of the Japan Seafood Expo next week where Scottish salmon and seafood will be on show.

"East Asian markets are becoming increasingly significant, with Taiwan and Vietnam in the top 10 importers," he said.

Landsburgh also said they are seeing "exceptional growth" in other core markets such as North America where salmon sales have nearly doubled versus the first half of 2016 to £133 million (€146.3 million/$173 million).

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