In January this year, the Scottish and Chinese governments reached an agreement to allow seafood exports directly from Scotland to the People's Republic of China. Since then China has become the largest export destination for Scottish salmon in the Far East.
Rural Affairs and Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead said:
"This is huge vote of confidence in Scottish salmon and yet another boost for Scottish food exports. If this is what can be achieved in the first six months, then the sky could be the limit for exports to China.”
Between January and June this year 3,036 tonnes (whole fish equivalent) of Scottish salmon, fresh, frozen and smoked products, were exported to the Far East. The total value was £16 million.