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Norwegian Fish Entering Russia Through Belarus

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RUSSIA - Although Norwegian fish has been banned from entering Russia, it is still finding its way in to Russia through Belarus.

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By going through Russia's ex-Soviet neighbor, exporters have almost restored exports volumes to previous levels, Russian business daily Vedomosti reported, citing figures published by Norwegian newspaper Dagens Naeringsliv.

Russia banned imports of Norwegian fish at the start of August, causing exports of salmon to plummet 82 per cent, reports the MoscowTimes.

But enterprising logistics appear to be working overdrive: In the first week of September, supplies of fresh salmon from Norway to Belarus soared threefold, the paper said.

"We thought we would be faced with difficulties, but the market has redistributed the salmon beautifully," a representative of a large Norwegian fish producer Coast Seafood told Dagens Naeringsliv.

Salmon — shipped and then processed in Belarus and other border countries — resumed its flow into Russia, allowing Norwegian producers to nearly recoup the export decline, the representative said.

Following the ban, Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko said he respected Russia's decision and would stop banned products from entering Russia, with which Belarus is joined in a Customs Union.