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Tuna

 
Report Date: Wednesday, July 11, 2018
 

 

 

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 below.

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 was JPY 1,946/kg in May down 2% on that of the previous month and up 9% on that of May 2017. In the first five months, the average was JPY 1,797/kg, up 8% on that of the same period in 2017.

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

Origin

Average price at Customs (JPY/kg)

% Variation

May/18

Apr /18

May /18

May/18 Apr/18

May/18 May/17

Spain

2,532

2,544

3,097

0%

-18%

Italy

-

-

2,928

-

-

Malta

-

-

2,083

-

-

Greece

1,822

2,193

1,938

-17%

-6%

Turkey

-

-

-

-

-

USA

-

2,625

-

-

-

Mexico

2,068

2,054

2,268

+1%

-9%

Australia (SBFT)

1,548

1,450

1,517

+7%

+2%

Source: Japanese Customs

Graph 1: Average price at Customs of fresh bluefin imports,
2014/2018, in JPY/kg

Source: Customs

Markets

In May, imports of fresh bluefin amounted to 503 tonnes, worth JPY 979 million at Japanese Customs.

These figures are up 5% in volume and up 3% in value on those of the previous month. Compared with May 2017, they were up 33% in volume and 44% in value.

Graph 2: Japanese imports of fresh bluefin,
 2014/2018

Source: Customs

In the first five months of the year, they totalled 2,364 tonnes, worth JPY 4,249 million, up 8% in volume and 17% in value on those of the same period in 2017.

Graph 3: Imports of fresh northern bluefin,
cumulative monthly,
2014/2018, in tonnes

Source: Japanese Customs

The main supplier of northern bluefin (Thunnus thynnus and/or Thunnus orientalis) was Mexico with 1,635 tonnes and JPY 3,257 million.

Graph 4: Imports of fresh southern bluefin,
cumulative monthly, 2014/2018, in tonnes

Source: Japanese Customs

So far, Australia has exported 92 tonnes to Japan, worth JPY 139 million.

By DGA

www.fis.com


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