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China is the third biggest overseas market for Scottish salmon exports. Government and commercial actions taken in response to the recent coronavirus outbreak, particularly through the Chinese New Year holiday period, has resulted in an impact on sales into the territory.

A spokesperson for the Scottish Salmon Producers Organisation (SSPO) said: “We are obviously monitoring the situation very closely: China is a very important market for us.

“The early indications are that the demand for imports of salmon has slowed as a result of the ongoing health issues in the country, particularly in the restaurant and hotel trade.

“As a result, the small number of our member companies who are affected are looking for other markets for fish which would have been destined for China, particularly in the US and around Europe.

“But the first priority for everybody has to be the health and wellbeing of the people of China and we hope this crisis eases as soon as possible.”

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