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Fresh farmed salmon fillet imports accounted for nearly half of Atlantic salmon imports during the first nine months of this year.

The value of Atlantic salmon imports into the United States through September rose 8 percent from the same period a year ago, according to new figures released by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS).

Atlantic salmon imports were at $2.6 billion (€2.3 billion) through September, up from $2.4 billion (€2.1 billion) during the same period last year.

Salmon import volumes, too, continued to climb, reaching 243,512 metric tons, a rise of 10 percent.

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Fresh farmed salmon fillet imports accounted for 47 percent of Atlantic salmon imports during the first nine months of this year.

Fresh fillet imports reached 113,440 metric tons, up nearly 17 percent over the 97,203 metric tons imported during the same period a year ago.

The value of fresh fillet imports topped $1.3 billion (€1.1 billion), ahead of the $1.2 billion (€1.1 billion) value of these imports a year ago.

Chile accounted for the bulk of the fresh fillets entering the US market. The United States imported 86,785 metric tons of fresh Atlantic fillets from Chile, representing nearly 77 percent of all fresh fillet imports.

The value of these imports amounted to $973.1 million (€852.2 million).

Fresh whole farmed salmon accounted for 37 percent of Atlantic salmon imports during the first nine months of this year. Import volumes at 90,943 metric tons were up 2 percent from 89,029 metric tons in 2017 and values were up 6 percent to $763.9 million (€669 million) from this time last year.

Canada led the way in supplying fresh whole farmed salmon to the market, hitting 54,028 metric tons worth nearly $438.2 million (€383.8 million).

Frozen salmon fillets accounted for nearly 14 percent of Atlantic salmon imports during the first nine months of the year.

Overall, the United States imported 6 percent more in frozen salmon fillets, hitting 33,833 metric tons through September at $431.8 million (€378.2 million), a decrease in value of 4 percent compared to last year.

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