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Eel

 
Report Date: Friday, February 20, 2015
 
 
 

This market report focuses on catch volumes and harvests of live eel and Japanese eel in the Far East. We deal with aspects such as catch volumes, prices and imports.

 

ASIA

Japan

Eel (Anguilla anguilla and Anguilla japónica)

Prices

At Japanese Customs, the average price of live eels in December 2014 was JPY 2,282/kg, up 9% on that of the previous month and down 43% on that of December 2013. So far this year, the price has averaged JPY 3,170, down 15% on that of the same period in 2013.

Graph 1: Average price of live eels at Japanese Customs,
2010 – 2014, in JPY/kg

Source: Japan Customs

During the same month, the processed eels reached an average price at Customs of JPY 2,398/kg, up 3% on that of the previous month and down 22% on that of December 2013. During the year they averaged JPY 2,587, down 12% on those of 2013.

Graph 2: Average price of processed eels at Japanese Customs,
2010 – 2014, in JPY/kg

Source: Japan Customs

Markets

Imports of live eels for consumption during the analysed month totaled 549 tonnes and JPY 1,253 million, up 54% in volume and 68% in value compared with the previous month. Compared with the same month in 2005, there was a rise of 45% in volume and it was down 18% in value according to the preliminary figures of the Japanese Customs.

Graph 3: Japanese imports of live eels (HS 0301.92.200),
years 2010 /2014

Source: Japan Customs

During the year, imports of the product from China dropped 1% in volume and 15% in value compared with those of the previous year, while those from Taiwan increased 4% in volume and declined 16% in value.

Graph 4: Imports of live eels (HS 030192200)

Source: Japan Customs

Imports of processed products in the month reached 608 tonnes, worth JPY 1,458 million, up 39% in volume and 44% in value on those of the previous month. Compared with December 2013 they were up 16% in volume but down 10% in value.

Table 1: Japanese imports of processed eels (HS 160417000,
former HS 160419010), years 2010/2014

Origin

Jan - Dec 2014

Jan - Dec 2013

Var. % Volume

Var. % Value

Volume (MT)

Value (million JPY)

Volume (MT)

Value (million JPY)

China

3,747

12,214

3,797

14,409

-1%

-15%

Taiwan

906

2,654

868

3,143

+4%

-16%

Others

128

284

124

335

+3%

-15%

Total

4,781

15,152

4,789

17,887

0%

-15%

Source: Japan Customs

During the year imports of processed products from China grew 13% in volume and declined 1% in value on those of 2013.

Table 2: Japanese imports of processed eels (HS 160417000,
former HS 160419010), years 2008/ 2012

Origin

Jan - Dec 2014

Jan - Dec 2013

Var. % Volume

% Value

Volume (MT)

Value (million JPY)

Volume (MT)

Value (million JPY)

China

9,096

23,378

8,020

23,619

+13%

-1%

Taiwan

66

240

41

136

+61%

+76%

Indonesia

98

338

20

75

+390%

+351%

Total

9,260

23,956

8,081

23,830

+15%

+1%

Source: Japan Customs

By DGA

www.fis.com


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