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Australian Salmon Guide

HS Code: 030219 - Fish; fresh or chilled, salmonidae, n.e.c. in item no. 0302.1, excluding fillets, livers, roes, and other fish meat of heading 0304
Share in Export
0.34%Rank 22
Share in Import
0.02%Rank 61
Export Volume
1Y +78.34%
Import Volume
1Y +31209.64%
Updated Jan 18, 2023

General Product Introduction

What Is the Share of Australia in the World Salmon Market?

• Australia is the world’s 8th largest fresh or chilled Atlantic Salmon exporter but only makes up 2% of the global export market.

• The 2 largest exporters, Norway and Sweden, make up 47% and 22% of the export market, respectively.

• The 3rd largest exporter, the UK, lags far behind, making up only 6% of the export market.

• Tasmania’s Atlantic Salmon Industry is Australia’s most valuable seafood sector, with a production of about 62 thousand mt in 2020.


What Is the Export Trend?

Australian salmon exports typically remain subdued during the first months of the year, to begin recovering in July-August, reaching their peak in November through January. 

  • A significant portion of Australian production is exported, rather than used to supply the domestic market due to price.
  • About 35% of salmon production is sent to the export market, typically the export spot market.
    • Only about 6% of export revenue comes from contracted volume in Asia
  • Australian salmon exports almost doubled in value in 2020 and then grew over 40% in 2021. 
    • Increased exports to China, Indonesia and Thailand drove most of 2021's increase. 
  • During the first half of 2022, exports increased by 49% compared with the corresponding period of last year.
  • One of the most significant threats to Australian seafood exporters is the current lack of market diversification – there is too much dependence upon a few Asian markets (mainly China)
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