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Tuna

 
Report Date: Wednesday, October 11, 2017
 
 
 

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

ASIA

Japan

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

Markets

Total imports of tuna in August, fresh and frozen, reached about 19,980 tonnes, with a value at Japanese Customs of JPY 14,514 million. These figures are up 19% in volume and 39% in value on those of July and compared with those of August 2016, the volume is up 30% and and so is the value by 35%.

Imports of fresh tuna during the month reached 1,515 tonnes with a value of JPY 2,115 million at Japanese Customs, up 11% in volume and 12% in value on those of the previous month, and up 1% in volume and 4% in value on those of August 2016.

Table 1: Japanese imports of fresh tuna, 2017/2016

Species

Tonnes

Var. %

Millions of JPY

Var. %

Jan/Aug 2017

Jan/Aug 2016

Jan/Aug 2017

Jan/Aug 2016

White tuna

54

50

+8%

46

38

+21%

Yellowfin

3,098

3,756

-18%

3,172

3,785

-16%

Skipjack

0

-

-

0

-

-

Bigeye

3,049

3,892

-22%

3,597

4,265

-16%

Bluefin

2,208

3,894

-43%

3,996

6,079

-34%

Southern Bluefin

1,802

1,961

-8%

2,620

2,693

-3%

Total

10,211

13,553

-25%

13,431

16,860

-20%

Source: Japanese Customs

Graph 1: Japanese imports of fresh tuna, 2013/2017

Source: Japanese Customs

As regards frozen tuna, imports during the month reported 18,465 tonnes, worth JPY 12,398 million at Japanese Customs.

These figures are up 20% in volume and 44% in value on those of the previous month and compared with those of August 2016, the volume is up 33% and the value is up 42%.

Table 2: Japanese imports of frozen tuna, 2017/2016

Species

Tonnes

Var. %

Millions of JPY

Var. %

Jan/Aug 2017

Jan/Aug 2016

Jan/Aug 2017

Jan/Aug 2016

White tuna

13,255

7,022

+89%

4,852

2,508

+93%

Yellowfin

31,539

35,384

-11%

15,439

14,092

+10%

Skipjack

30,661

17,535

+75%

5,558

2,843

+95%

Bigeye

40,671

48,187

-16%

35,039

35,000

0%

Bluefin

333

8,61

-61%

337

1,561

-78%

Southern Bluefin

4,532

3,639

+25%

6,064

4,911

+23%

Total

120,991

112,628

+7%

67,289

60,915

+10%

Source: Japanese Customs

Graph 2: Japanese imports of frozen tuna, 2013/2017

Source: Japanese Customs

By DGA

www.fis.com


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