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Tuna

 
Report Date: Wednesday, September 10, 2014
 

 

This report focuses on catch volumes of tuna, shark and swordfish in Japanese, Spanish, Argentine and Ecuadorian waters. It also highlights prices, inventories, markets, imports and exports of species detailed in the following index.

INDEX

 
1. ASIA
1.1 Japan - Skipjack, albacore, yellowfin, bluefin, bigeye
 
2. EUROPE
2.1 Spain – Tuna, bonito, blue shark, tope shark and swordfish
 
3. LATIN AMERICA
3.1 – Argentina – Patagonian smooth-hound, tope shark and spiny dogfish
3.2 – Ecuador – Albacore, yellowfin, bluefin, bigeye
 

 

1. ASIA

1.1 Japan

Skipjack (Katsuwonus pelamis)
Albacore (Thunnus alalunga)
Yellowfin (Thunnus albacares)
Bluefin tuna (Thunnus Thynnus)
Bigeye tuna (Thunnus obesus)

Markets

Total imports of tuna in July, fresh and frozen, reached about 12,730 tonnes, with a value at Japanese Customs of JPY 8,572 million. These figures are down 7% in volume and 3% in value on those of June and compared with those of July 2013, the volume is down 18% and and the value is up by 2%.

Imports of fresh tuna during the month reached 2,021 tonnes with a value of JPY 2,502 million at Japanese Customs, up 10% in volume and 37% in value on those of the previous month, and down 18% in volume and 10% in value on those of July 2013.

Table 1: Japanese imports of fresh tuna, 2014/2013

Species

Tonnes

Var. %

(million of JPY)

Var. %

Jan-Jul 2014

Jan-Jul 2013

Jan-Jul 2014

Jan-Jul 2013

White tuna

46

49

-6%

37

34

+9%

Yellowfin

4,824

6,022

-20%

4,660

5,426

-14%

Skipjack

2

-

-

1

-

-

Bigeye

5,631

6,518

-14%

5,603

6,151

-9%

Bluefin

2,466

2,398

+3%

3,616

4,000

-10%

Southern Bluefin

1,112

1,389

-20%

1,772

2,354

-25%

Total

14,081

16,376

-14%

15,689

17,965

-13%

Source: Japan Customs

Graph 1: Japanese imports of fresh tuna, 2010/2014

Source: Japan Customs

As regards frozen tuna, imports during the month reported 10,709 tonnes, worth JPY 6,070 million at Japanese Customs.

These figures are down 10% in volume and 14% in value on those of the previous month and compared with those of July 2013, the volume is up 18% and the value is up 8%.

Table 2: Japanese imports of frozen tuna, 2014/2013

Species

Tonnes

Var. %

(million of JPY)

Var. %

Jan-Jul 2014

Jan-Jul 2013

Jan-Jul 2014

Jan-Jul 2013

White tuna

6,977

9,891

-29%

2,078

2,625

-8%

Yellowfin

23,861

23,251

+3%

9,726

8,495

+12%

Skipjack

12,222

10,948

+12%

1,640

1,880

-1%

Bigeye

43,495

46,686

-7%

30,993

27,198

+17%

Bluefin

3,953

1,449

+173%

6,186

2,829

+116%

Southern Bluefin

1,017

735

+38%

1,499

876

-12%

Total

91,525

92,960

-2%

52,122

43,903

19%

Source: Japan Customs

Graph 2: Japanese imports of frozen tuna, 2010/2014

Source: Japan Customs

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2. EUROPE

2.1 Spain

Landed volumes

Spain

In the wholesale market of Mercamadrid the incoming volumes of fresh albacore increased and so did those of frozen swordfish and fresh blue shark but slightly. Those of frozen albacreo, frozen shortfin mako, fresh shortfin mako and fresh swordfish declined. The most important variations were the drop in fresh swordfish and the rise in fresh head-on albacore.

Table 3: Incoming volumes on Mercamadrid,
weeks 35 and 34

Presentation

Product

Volume (kg)

% of variation

Week 35

Week 34

Frozen

Skin-on bonito

6,707

7,520

-11

Frozen

Skinless bonito

1,677

1,880

-11

Frozen

Shortfin mako

1,000

1,243

-20

Frozen

Swordfish

27,240

26,358

3

Frozen

Blue shark

600

2,200

-73

Fresh

Skin-on bonito

13,207

6,475

104

Fresh

Skinless bonito

39,616

19,429

104

Fresh

Shortfin mako

 

1,200

-

Fresh

Swordfish

12,750

33,130

-62

Fresh

Blue shark

200

 

-

Source: Mercamadrid

France

At French ports, during week 35, volumes of albacore increased by 19 tonnes. The main port was Port en Lorient.

Table 4: Volumes landed on French national markets,
weeks 34 and 35, in kg

Species

Week 35

Week 34

% of variation

Albacore

38,642

19,548

98

 Source: FranceAgriMer

Italy

At Italian ports, volumes of swordfish, bullet tuna and Atlantic albacore increased during week 35. The most important volumes were landed at the port of Aci Trezza.

Table 5: Volumes landed at Italian ports, 
weeks 34 and 35, in kg

Species

Week 35

Week 34

% of variation

Atlantic albacore

271

63

332

Bullet tuna

630

215

193

Swordfish

312

100

212

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

Prices

The prices of skipjack were the same as that of the previous week on the main markets. On the market of Bangkok, it was at USD 1,800/t. On Manta it was at USD 1,200/t. Prices of Indian Ocean volumes also remained at USD 950/t, and that on the market of Abidjan quoted at EUR 1,000/t.

Prices of yellowfin remained in all markets. On Manta it was at EUR 1,700/t. Catch volumes of the Indian ocean remained at USD 2,000/t and on Abidjan they stayed at EUR 2,030/t.

Spain

In Spain, the prices of skipjack remained at EUR 900/t CFR Spain. That of yellowfin remained at EUR 2,500/t CFR Spain.

Table 6: Prices of tuna destined for canning in Spain,
week 35, in EUR/kg CFR

Species

Size

Price

Yellowfin (Thunnus albacares)

< 10 kg/pc

2.50

> 10 kg/pc

2.40

Skipjack (Katsuwonus pelamis)

< 1.8 kg/pc

0.80

1.8 – 3.4 kg/pc

0.90

> 3.4 kg/pc

1.00

Source: FIS.com

Table 7: Prices for precooked frozen tuna loins in Spain,
week 35, in EUR/kg FOB

Species

Cleansing

Price

Yellowfin (Thunnus albacares)

Double

5.50

Simple

5.00

Skipjack (Katsuwonus pelamis)

Double

5.00

Simple

4.20

Source: FIS.com

Table 8: Prices of frozen swordfish loins in Spain,
week 35, in EUR/kg FOB

Species

Cleansing

Price

Swordfish loins

Skinless and boneless

7.50

Skin-on and boneless

6.50

Slice

5.50

H&G

25/50 kg

5.00

50/70 kg

5.10

70/100 kg

5.20

+ 100 kg

5.30

Source: FIS.com

On Mercamadrid, prices have remained stable in all tunid and squaliform species, except for fresh swordfish that declined by EUR 0.17/kg due to the lower demand.

Table 9: Prices on Mercamadrid,
weeks 35 and 34, in EUR/kg

Presentation

Product

Price (EUR/kg)

% of variation

Week 35

Week 34

Frozen

Skin-on bonito

2.70

2.70

0

Frozen

Skinless bonito

3.31

3.31

0

Frozen

Shortfin mako

4.06

4.06

0

Frozen

Swordfish

6.01

6.01

0

Frozen

Blue shark

3.31

3.31

0

Fresh

Skin-on bonito

5.00

5.00

0

Fresh

Skinless bonito

6.50

6.50

0

Fresh

Shortfin mako

 

5.50

-

Fresh

Swordfish

18.50

18.67

-1

Fresh

Blue shark

5.50

 

-

Source: Mercabarna

France

At French ports, prices of albacore rose by EUR 0.59/ kg, due to the higher demand, thus recovering from the drop of the previous week.

Table 10: Average prices at French ports,
weeks 35 and 34, in EUR/kg

Species

Week 35

Week 34

% of variation

Albacore

2.42

1.53

58

 Source: FranceAgriMer

Italy

On Italian first-sale markets, the average prices of albacore declined due to the rise in supplies. That of swordfish increased due to the higher demand.

Table 11: Average prices at Italian ports,
weeks 35 and 34, in EUR/kg

Product

Week 35

Week 34

% of variation

Lowest price

Highest price

Lowest price

Highest price

Lowest price

Highest price

Atlantic albacore

6.12

9.20

7.65

11.15

-20

-17

Bullet tuna

3.67

7.00

4.00

8.00

-8

-13

Swordfish

14.87

18.87

10.50

18.50

42

2

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

Markets

European Union

Table 12: Imports of canned tuna, skipjack and
albacore (Sarda spp.) by the EU, January-June 2013/2014

EU country

Volume (mt)

Average price (EUR/kg)

2014

2013

2014

2013

Germany

25,791

37,384

3.38

4.18

Austria

846

5,430

3.87

5.01

Belgium

6,713

9,703

3.83

4.72

Bulgaria

312

417

2.61

3.35

Cyprus

671

925

3.30

4.53

Croatia

768

 

3.28

 

Denmark

2,881

4,669

3.88

4.63

Slovaquia

44

1,023

3.57

4.76

Slovenia

96

1,432

2.91

6.41

Spain

44,835

49,245

3.87

4.95

Estonia

106

80

2.89

3.94

Finland

2,617

3,713

3.68

4.93

France

49,944

61,350

4.24

4.74

Greece

1,082

2,928

3.63

5.25

Hungary

20

576

3.40

5.51

Ireland

1,867

3,430

5.60

4.72

Italy

40,084

54,595

5.09

5.79

Letonia

217

356

4.42

4.45

Lithuania

402

531

3.57

3.71

Luxembourg

 

359

 

6.85

Malta

1,043

1,037

4.46

5.19

Netherlands

17,561

24,205

3.92

4.49

Poland

1,533

5,685

3.06

3.84

Portugal

10,257

8,492

4.92

5.22

United Kingdom

45,300

51,862

3.85

4.34

Czech Republic

2,272

1,544

4.23

5.28

Romania

360

1,413

2.80

4.12

Sweden

2,401

3,060

3.52

4.15

Average Total

260,022

335,442

3.77

4.78

 Source: Eurostat

Table 13: Exports of canned tuna, skipjack and
albacore (Sarda spp.) by the EU, January-June 2013/2014

EU country

Volume (mt)

Average price (EUR/kg)

2014

2013

2014

2013

Germany

737

6,326

5.43

4.21

Austria

9

337

4.34

5.20

Belgium

26

2,863

5.63

5.02

Bulgaria

 

98

 

4.52

Cyprus

 

14

 

3.89

Croatia

88

 

8.06

 

Denmark

28

89

4.80

4.88

Slovaquia

 

107

 

5.94

Slovenia

14

62

5.57

5.27

Spain

18,854

46,077

4.80

5.33

Estonia

7

3

3.90

5.08

Finland

 

11

 

5.87

France

1,788

1,970

4.77

5.30

Greece

32

194

7.99

5.80

Hungary

 

16

 

2.65

Ireland

15

23

5.78

4.45

Italy

3,075

8,939

6.24

6.56

Letonia

147

184

2.78

3.76

Lithuania

20

28

3.99

4.49

Luxembourg

1

10

7.46

6.23

Malta

2

72

3.37

10.95

Netherlands

152

9,850

4.91

4.92

Poland

7

145

2.72

3.47

Portugal

4,993

4,876

4.84

5.68

United Kingdom

1,014

2,567

5.04

4.72

Czech Republic

384

360

6.62

7.05

Romania

 

39

 

3.58

Sweden

5

33

8.26

6.11

Average Total

31,397

85,293

5.33

5.22

 Source: Eurostat

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3. LATIN AMERICA

3.1 Argentina

Patagonian smoothhound (Mustelus schmitii)
Tope shark (Galeorhinus galeus)
Spiny dogfish (Squalus acanthias) and others

According to preliminary information of the SAGPyA, in July 2014 landed volumes of squaliform species reported 519.5 tonnes, up 15% on those of the previous month and 87% on those of July 2013.

Table 14: Squaliforms landed volumes, July 2014, in tonnes

Species

July -14

June -14

July/June 14

July -13

July 13/14

Dogfish

115.1

159.6

-28%

38.1

202%

Patagonian smooth-hound

402.4

279.5

44%

235.1

71.2%

Tope shark

2.0

11.1

-82%

4.6

-57%

Source: SAGPyA

If the figures of July are confirmed, during the first seven months of 2014 they will have caught 2,355.8 tonnes of hoki, down 21% on those of the same period in 2013.

Graph 3: Patagonian smooth-hound landed volumes,
January-July 2010/2014, in tonnes and its percentage variation

Source: SAGPyA

Markets and prices

According to the National Customs Administration (ANA), during July 2014, exports totaled 18.0 tonnes of frozen smoothhound fillets, worth over USD 36,839 FOB. There were no exports of other shark or tope shark fillets.

Table 15: Exports of squaliforms fillets, July 2014

Product

Volume (MT)

Var. Volume

FOB Value (thousands of USD)

Var. Value

2014

2013

2014

2013

Fillets

18.0

22.0

-18%

36.84

63.8

-42%

Source: ANA

If these July figures are confirmed, during the first seven months of the year, they will have exported 57.3 tonnes of squaliform fillets, worth USD 178,803 FOB.

Table 16: Exports of squaliforms fillets, January-July 2014

Product

Volume (MT)

Var. Volume

FOB Value (thousands of USD)

Var. Value

2014

2013

2014

2013

Fillets

57.3

73.7

-22%

178.8

237.3

-25%

Source: ANA

Destinations

Graph 4: Distribution of exports of smooth hound fillets,
January-July 2014

Source: ANA

Prices

Table 17: FOB reference prices of squaliform fillets,
August 2014

Species

Packing

Size

Price (USD/t)

Patagonian smooth-hound

Fillets IQF

unclassified

1,800

500g/up

4,000

Source: FIS.com

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3.2 Ecuador

Yellowfin (Thunnus albacares)
Bigeye (Thunnus obesus)
Albacore (Thunnus alalunga)
Bluefin tuna (Thunnus Thynnus)

Exports

According to the Ecuadorian Customs, exports of canned and frozen tuna in July 2014 reached over 21,554 tonnes, worth over USD 93.3 million, up 8% in volume and FOB value, compared with the previous month.

These figures may be slightly modified in the following month, as in every one.

Table 18: Exporters of frozen and canned tuna,
July 2014

Exporter

FOB Value (USD)

Volume (kg)

Share

CONS. ISABEL ECUATORIANA SA

18,396,253

3,310,357

15%

N.I.R.S.A. S.A.

12,088,141

2,764,584

13%

GALAPESCA S. A.

11,103,413

2,485,247

12%

SALICA DE  ECUADOR

10,767,666

2,750,156

13%

MARBELIZE S. A.

7,586,306

2,140,826

10%

TECOPESCA

7,561,035

1,586,832

7%

EUROFISH S. A.

7,423,736

1,794,557

8%

SEAFMAN SOC. ECU. ALIMENTOS

6,702,256

1,838,421

9%

FISHCORP S.A.

3,220,220

709,900

3%

ENVASUR

1,819,431

458,291

2%

Other 12

6,684,519

1,715,764

8%

Total

93,352,975

21,554,934

100%

Source: Ecuadorian Customs

According to Ecuadorian Customs, exports of frozen and canned tuna reported over 134,248 tonnes in the first seven months of this year, worth almost USD 608.3 million.

Graph 5: Exports of tuna canned products,
January-December 2014 (*)

(*) through 31 July
Source: Ecuadorian Customs

Table 19: FOB reference prices for canned and frozen tuna,
July 2014

Presentation

USD/kg

Frozen precooked

7.09

Pieces in sunflower oil

3.94

Pieces in soy bean oil

4.65

Pieces in water

3.33 - 3.97

Loin in soy bean oil

40.7 - 4.96

Loin in olive oil

4.36 - 6.35

Loin in edible oil

4.15

Loin in water

3.48 - 4.74

Loin in sunflower oil

3.69 - 4.64

Pouch in water

4.20 - 5.19

Pouches in sunflower oil

4.29 - 5.03

Fillet in water

4.68

Fillet in soy bean oil

4.75 - 4.80

Source: Ecuadorian Customs

Graph 6: Distribution of exports of canned tuna,
January-July 2014

Source: Ecuadorian Customs

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By DGA and Juan Murias

www.fis.com


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