Norway is the largest exporter of seafood to the Ukrainian market. More than 50 000 tonnes and 1,5 billion NOK worth of seafood is traded with Ukraine every year. Norwegian seafood is important for the Ukrainian consumer for its healthy food benefits, at the same time the Ukrainian seafood market is getting increasingly important for the Norwegian seafood industry. Traditionally Ukraine is a very important market for the Norwegian industry that exports pelagic seafood. However, trends are moving to more luxurious and high-end products following the increased purchasing power of Ukrainians. Hence, in 2020 Ukraine also passed Belarus, Japan, and the US, making it the largest market for Norwegian trout globally, with a trade worth 500 MILL NOK. An impressive doubling compared to the preceding year.
The main fish species traded between Norway and Ukraine is Salmon, Herring, Trout and Mackerel.
More extensive information and an overview of Norwegian companies exporting seafood from Norway can be found on the website of our long-time member The Norwegian Seafood Council
Aquaculture Development in Ukraine: Roadmap
The idea and necessity of a roadmap for aquaculture development in Ukraine is due to the considerable untapped potential for improvements in the sector. In 2016, the Norwegian-Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce (NUCC) and State Fisheries Agency of Ukraine initiated discussions and started consolidation of various stakeholders, including government, expert community, business representatives and civil society organizations, under the idea to develop a roadmap on aquaculture. This roadmap was drafted with the generous support of the Norwegian Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries and the Norwegian-Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce.
The development of the roadmap was led by NUCC and the Ukrainian think tank EasyBusiness in collaboration with the lawyers of Ukrainian law firm EverLegal and The State Fisheries Agency of Ukraine, with the aim to develop the aquaculture industry in Ukraine and approximate best Norwegian and International experiences into Ukrainian practices.