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Eel

 
Report Date: Friday, June 20, 2014
 

 

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

ASIA

Japan

Eel (Anguilla anguilla and Anguilla japónica)

Prices

At Japanese Customs, the average price of live eels in April 2014 was JPY 4,100/kg, similar to that of the previous month and up 21% on that of April 2013. in January-April 2014, the price averaged JPY 4,079, up 18% on that of the year before.

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 2,838/kg, up 1% on that of the previous month and down 8% on that of April 2013. During the year they averaged JPY 2,858, down 8% 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 month analysed totaled 380 tonnes and JPY 1,558 million, up 30% in volume and value compared with the previous month. They were up 8% in volume and 30% in value on those of the same month in 2012, according to preliminary figures provided by Japan Customs.

Graph 3: Japanese imports of live eels (HS 030192200),
2010 /2014

Source: Japan Customs

During the first four months of the year, imports of the product from China grew 10% in volume and 30% in value compared with those of the previous year, while those of Taiwan dropped 31% in volume and 15% in value.

Table 1: Imports of live eels (HS 030192200)

Origin

Jan/Apr 2014

Jan/Apr 2013

Var. % Volume

Var. % Value

Volume (t)

Value (million JPY)

Volume (t)

Value (million JPY)

China

1,089

4,533

987

3,500

+10%

+30%

Taiwan

163

644

235

755

-31%

-15%

Others

47

121

18

47

+161%

+157%

Total

1,299

5,298

1,241

4,302

+5%

+23%

Source: Japan Customs

Imports of processed products in the month reached 1,617 tonnes, worth JPY 4,589 million, up 161% in volume and 163% in value on those of the previous month. Compared with April 2013 they were up 23% in volume and 13% in value.

Graph 4: Japanese imports of processed eels (HS 160417000,
former HS 160419010), years 2010/2014

Source: Japan Customs

During the period imports of processed products from China grew 12% in volume and 2% in value on those of 2013.

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

Origin

Jan/Apr 2014

Jan/Apr 2013

Var. % Volume

% Value

Volume (t)

Value (million JPY)

Volume (t)

Value (million JPY)

China

3,455

9,808

3,094

9,607

+12%

+2%

Taiwan

32

127

3

10

+967%

+1,170%

Indonesia

54

186

14

51

+286%

+265%

Total

3,540

10,121

3,111

9,669

+14%

+5%

Source: Japan Customs

By DGA

www.fis.com


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