Scotland’s salmon producers were today (12 January) cheering China’s decision to allow Scottish salmon into the country for the first time.

Beijing has cleared the way for imports of Scottish salmon into China, a market described by Scotland’s fisheries minister as “a key market”.

“This is a very welcome announcement from China that will boost sales of top-quality and sought-after Scottish seafood products. It provides a major boost for a crucial Scottish industry, strengthening efforts both to increase exports in a key market and to secure jobs across Scotland,” said fisheries minister Richard Lochhead. “It will further strengthen an already successful business sector which has positively weathered the economic downturn.”

Jim Gallagher, MD of Scottish Sea Farms, added: “The People’s Republic of China is a major potential market with a significant number of discerning customers who I believe will appreciate the premium quality of our Scottish salmon. This new export opportunity is a welcome addition to the global markets in which we operate and I am confident it will contribute to the continued, sustainable growth of our business.”