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Tuna

 
Report Date: Wednesday, May 27, 2015
 
 
 

This report focuses on catches of tuna, shark and swordfish in Japanese and European Union waters. It also highlights prices, inventories, markets, imports and exports of species detailed in the following index.

 

INDEX

 
1. ASIA
1.1 Japan - Northern bluefin tuna and southern bluefin tuna
 
2. EUROPE
2.1 European Union – Tuna, bonito, blue shark, tope shark and swordfish
 

 

1. ASIA

1.1 Japan

Northern bluefin tuna (Thunnus thynnus)
Southern bluefin tuna (Thunnus maccoyii)

Prices

The average price at Japan Customs of frozen bluefin (HS 030345000 and 030346000) in March was JPY 1,442/kg, down 29% on that of February and 46% on that of March 2014. In the first three months, the average was JPY 1,778/kg, up 1% on that of the same period last year.

Table 1: Average prices of frozen bluefin (HS 030345000 y 030346000) 
at Japan Customs, years 2015-2014, in JPY/kg

Origin

Average price at Customs (JPY/kg)

% VAR. Mar/15 Feb/15

Average price at Customs (JPY/kg)

% VAR. Mar/15 Mar/14

Mar 15

Feb 15

March 14

Spain

-

3,087

-

2,691

-

Italy

-

2,887

-

-

-

Malta

3,159

3,165

0%

3,141

+1%

Turkey

2,112

-

-

2,849

-26%

Croatia

1,696

-

-

2,717

-38%

Mexico

-

-

+78%

-

-

Source: Customs

Graph 1: Average prices for frozen bluefin imports (HS 030345000 y
030346000) at Japan Customs, years 2011—2015, in JPY/kg

Source: Customs

Markets

In the month analysed, imports reached 341 tonnes of frozen bluefin, worth JPY 1,422 million at Japanese Customs, down 64% in volume and 74% in value on those of the previous month and up 231% and 78% respectively on those of March 2014.

Graph 2: Japanese imports of frozen bluefin (HS 030345000 and
030346000), 2011/2015

Source: Customs

During the three months, imports reached 2,549 tonnes, worth JPY 4,531 million, down 12% in volume and 11% in value on those of the previous year.

Graph 3: Monthly cumulative imports of frozen bluefin (HS 030345000 and
030346000), in tonnes, 2011-2015

Source: Japan Customs

Taiwan was the main origin of Japanese frozen southern bluefin imports, with 279 tonnes. Those of northern bluefin came mainly from Mëxico and reported 1,877 tonnes.

Graph 4: Main exporters of frozen bluefin to Japan,
January-March 2015, in tonnes

Source: Customs

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2. EUROPE

2.1 European Union

Landed volumes

Spain

The most important variations in incoming volumes of Mercamadrid were the rise in frozen swordfish and the drop in fresh albacore, registered during week 20.

Table 2: Incoming volumes on Mercamadrid,
weeks 19 and 20

Presentation

Product

Volume (kg)

% of variation

Week 20

Week 19

Frozen

Skin-on bonito

12,304

16,012

-23

Frozen

Skinless bonito

3,076

4,003

-23

Frozen

Swordfish

39,540

28,740

38

Fresh

Skin-on bonito

1,134

3,115

-64

Fresh

Skinless bonito

4,536

12,461

-64

Fresh

Shortfin mako

5,030

300

-

Fresh

Swordfish

11,397

9,204

24

Fresh

Blue shark

700

2,200

-68

 Source: Mercamadrid

Italy

At Italian ports, during week 20, the most important variations were the rise in bullet tuna and the drop in Atlantic albacore.

Table 3: Volumes landed at Italian ports, 
weeks 19 and 20, in kg

Species

Week 20

Week 19

% of variation

Atlantic albacore

555

655

-15

Bullet tuna

1,125

850

32

Picked dogfish

3

4

-21

Swordfish

620

690

-10

 Source: ISMEA (Istituto di Servizi per il mercato agricolo e alimentare)

Prices

Prices of skipjack on the market of Bangkok increased to USD 1,440/t.

Spain

In Spain prices of skipjack stayed at EUR 1500/t EXW Spain and those of yellowfin at EUR 1,750/t EXW Spain. The demand is still low in the canning sector.

Table 4: Prices of tuna destined for canning in Spain,
week 21, in EUR/kg CFR

Species

Size

Price

Yellowfin (Thunnus albacares)

< 10 kg/pc

1.65

> 10 kg/pc

1.70

Skipjack (Katsuwonus pelamis)

< 1.8 kg/pc

0.90

1.8 – 3.4 kg/pc

1.00

> 3.4 kg/pc

1.15

Source: FIS.com

Table 5: Prices for precooked frozen tuna loins in Spain,
week 21, in EUR/kg FOB

Species

Cleansing

Price

Yellowfin (Thunnus albacares)

Double

7.00

Simple

6.50

Skipjack (Katsuwonus pelamis)

Double

4.70

Simple

4.20

Source: FIS.com

Table 6: Prices of frozen swordfish in Spain,
week 21, in EUR/kg FOB

Species

Cleansing

Price

Swordfish loins

Skinless and boneless

8.00

Skin-on and boneless

6.70

Slice

5.60

H&G

25/50 kg

6.20

50/70 kg

6.10

70/100 kg

5.90

+ 100 kg

5.80

Source: FIS.com

On Mercamadrid, during week 20, the prices increased in the case of fresh albacore due to a drop in supplies, and so did that of fresh swordfish as a consequence of the higher demand.

Table 7: Prices on Mercamadrid, weeks 20 and 19, in EUR/kg

Presentation

Product

Price (EUR/kg)

% of variation

Week 20

Week 19

Frozen

Skin-on bonito

2.70

2.70

0

Frozen

Skinless bonito

3.31

3.31

0

Frozen

Swordfish

6.01

6.01

0

Fresh

Skin-on bonito

7.42

6.50

14

Fresh

Skinless bonito

8.42

7.50

12

Fresh

Shortfin mako

5.50

5.50

0

Fresh

Swordfish

23.70

22.25

7

Fresh

Blue shark

5.50

5.50

0

 Source: Mercamadrid

Italy

On Italian first-sale markets, prices of picked dogfish remained and those of the rest of species have increased, especially that of Atlantic albacore.

Table 8: Average prices at Italian ports,
weeks 20 and 19, in EUR/kg

Product

Week 20

Week 19

% of variation

Lowest price

Highest price

Lowest price

Highest price

Lowest price

Highest price

Atlantic albacore

10.60

16.16

5.27

9.86

101

64

Bullet tuna

3.50

7.00

2.67

5.33

31

31

Picked dogfish

11.40

11.40

11.42

11.42

0

0

Swordfish

10.83

21.83

11.33

20.83

-4

5

 Source: ISMEA (Istituto di Servizi per il mercato agricolo e alimentare)

Markets

European Union

Table 9: Imports of canned tuna, skipjack and albacore (Sarda spp.)
by the EU, January-March 2015/2014

Country of origin

Volume (mt)

Average price (EUR/kg)

2015

2014

2015

2014

Spain

10,626

52,756

5.36

4.64

Thailand

12,419

48,190

4.07

3.90

Ecuador

14,820

41,525

4.06

4.02

Philippines

11,521

25,416

3.20

3.69

Mauritius

11,210

23,739

4.23

4.49

The Seychelles

8,654

18,230

5.30

5.37

Indonesia

9,007

12,130

3.39

3.83

Ghana

6,380

13,353

5.52

4.81

China

9,739

9,803

2.93

3.18

Papua New Guinea

6,413

11,743

3.90

3.94

Netherlands

3,997

11,671

5.06

5.01

Ivory coast

6,126

8,275

3.67

5.10

Vietnam

5,507

7,803

3.12

2.80

Italy

1,993

6,177

7.12

6.35

Colombia

2,240

5,786

4.64

4.45

El Salvador

2,969

4,111

5.21

5.15

Germany

1,090

5,857

4.97

5.82

Madagascar

2,146

3,349

3.54

4.11

France

681

3,106

7.66

6.63

Guatemala

1,352

2,096

5.28

5.27

Salomon Islands

1,050

2,237

4.78

4.07

United Kingdom

486

2,546

7.51

8.39

Peru

983

1,570

4.63

4.26

Portugal

532

2,003

6.15

5.12

Senegal

438

1,603

3.29

3.87

Kenya

713

1,175

4.66

3.18

Czech Republic

127

1,628

4.63

6.92

Belgium

336

1,320

3.96

9.38

Maldive Islands

370

1,200

4.66

5.11

Taiwan

599

612

4.05

3.85

Austria

35

450

4.98

5.70

Others

905

1,720

7.49

5.84

Total

135,461

333,180

4.26

4.43

 Source: Eurostat

Table 10: Exports of canned tuna, skipjack and albacore (Sarda spp.)
by the EU, January-March 2015/2014

Destination country

Volume (mt)

Average price (EUR/kg)

2015

2014

2015

2014

Italy

2,558

13,961

5.97

7.99

Germany

738

12,862

8.60

7.34

France

1,145

11,585

4.86

6.53

Portugal

1,003

5,494

6.26

6.06

United Kingdom

957

2,831

7.78

6.61

Spain

655

3,008

3.88

4.40

Belgium

635

2,949

5.76

6.52

Algeria

1,306

1,754

3.88

4.17

Austria

136

2,342

7.65

7.35

Melilla

937

1,445

3.03

2.80

Greece

33

2,317

5.82

9.40

Ireland

708

1,529

4.92

6.96

Ceuta

550

1,254

4.22

4.17

Netherlands

151

1,400

8.29

10.87

Slovenia

84

1,301

4.78

5.30

Saudi Arabia

423

936

6.02

6.05

Angola

68

1,211

5.54

4.75

Poland

188

1,060

9.33

9.86

Libya

527

709

5.64

7.41

Switzerland

446

779

8.62

12.00

Czech Republic

89

1,085

10.68

14.72

Romania

92

921

3.70

5.07

Slovaquia

168

770

8.38

6.26

Chile

439

378

6.70

5.88

Finland

102

696

6.76

5.18

Mozambique

352

408

4.87

5.91

Hungary

93

624

8.24

7.57

Canada

287

381

7.79

6.96

Croatia

36

551

3.97

5.87

United States

169

380

8.03

8.02

Albany

143

399

4.95

5.82

Others

1,534

5,604

9.65

7.58

Total

16,752

82,924

6.17

7.03

  Source: Eurostat

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