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Tuna

 
Report Date: Wednesday, April 19, 2017
 
 
 

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.

ASIA

Japan

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

Fresh

Prices

The average CIF price of fresh bluefin imported by Japan in February was JPY 2,181/kg, down 14% on that of the previous month but up 33% on that of February 2016. During the two months, the average was JPY 2,048/kg, up 25% on that of the same period last year.

Table 1: Average price at Japan Customs, in JPY/kg CIF

Origin

Average price at Customs (JPY/kg)

% Variation

Feb/17

Jan/17

Feb/16

Feb/17 Jan/17

Feb/17 Feb/16

Spain

2,678

3,117

3,174

-14%

-16%

Italy

-

-

-

-

-

Malta

-

-

-

-

-

Greece

2,452

1,761

-

+39%

-

Turkey

-

-

-

-

-

United States

2,901

4,901

2,988

-41%

-3%

Mexico

2,174

1,895

1,726

+15%

+26%

Australia (SBFT)

-

-

-

-

-

Source: Japanese Customs

Graph 1: Average price at Customs of fresh bluefin
Japanese imports, 2013/2017, in JPY/kg

Source: Customs

Markets

In February, about 298 tonnes of fresh bluefin were imported, worth JPY 650 million at Japan Customs.

This figure is down 4% in volume and up 9% in value on those registered during the previous month. Compared with February 2013, imports fell 44% in volume and 25% in value.

Graph 2: Japanese imports of fresh bluefin, 2013/2017

Source: Customs

During the first two months of the year, imports reached 610 tonnes worth JPY 1,249 million, down 43% in volume and 29% in value on those of the same period in 2013.

Graph 3: Cumulative monthly Japanese imports of
fresh northern bluefin, 2013 – 2017, in tonnes

Source: Japanese Customs

The main supplier of Northern bluefin (Thunnus thynnus and/or Thunnus orientalis) was Mexico with 508 tonnes and JPY 1,027 million in February.

Graph 4: Cumulative monthly Japanese imports of
fresh southern bluefin, 2013 – 2017, in tonnes

Source: Japanese Customs

Imports of fresh bluefin were mainly from the Philippines (99%), with 21 tonnes.

By DGA

www.fis.com


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