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The grocery industry imports eggs for hard life to avoid empty shelves, as in this Rema 1000 store at Holmlia in Oslo earlier this year. Photo: Cornelius Poppe / NTB

Of NTB | 17.05.2024 01:19:27

Economy and business: Imports have increased sharply in recent months, with new records set every month for the past three months. Newly released figures from Statistics Norway (SSB) show that Norway is almost self-sufficient in eggs, writes Nationen.

During the first four months of the year, eggs to the value of NOK 27 million have been imported, ten times more than in 2022. Previously, foreign eggs went exclusively to industry, but now we also find them on shop shelves.

Nortura’s latest forecast shows that Norway will lack almost 3,000 tonnes of eggs this year, a far greater shortfall than previously known. The Norwegian Directorate of Agriculture removed the customs duty on eggs on 14 May. Duty-free initially lasts until 24 June.

The explanation for the egg shortage is increased demand from both Norwegian consumers and abroad. Major disease outbreaks in Europe and the weak krone exchange rate have meant that several players are buying more Norwegian eggs than before.

Figures from 2019 showed that each Norwegian laid an average of 211 eggs annually. But both consumption and the population have increased since then.

(© NTB)

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