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Tuna

 
Report Date: Wednesday, September 19, 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 2,208/kg in July, up 36% on that of the previous month and 31% on that of July 2017. In the first seven months of the year, the average was JPY 1,803/kg, up 9% 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

Jul/18

Jun/18

Jul /17

Jul/18 Jun/18

Jul/18 Jul/17

Spain

2,779

2,799

2,910

-1%

-5%

Italy

2,535

-

-

-

-

Malta

-

-

-

-

-

Greece

-

-

-

-

-

Turkey

-

-

-

-

-

USA

3,275

2,986

2,626

+10%

+25%

Mexico

2,047

2,022

-

+1%

-

Australia (SBFT)

1,195

1,348

1,432

-11%

-17%

Source: Japanese Customs

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

Source: Customs

Markets

In July, imports of fresh bluefin amounted to 288 tonnes, worth JPY 636 million at Japanese Customs.

These figures are down 52% in volume and 35% in value on those registered in the previous month. Compared with July 2017, they were down 59% in volume and 47% in value.

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

Source: Customs

In the first seven months of the year, they totalled 3,254 tonnes, worth JPY 5,866 million, down 4% in volume and up 5% in value on those of the same months 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 2,101 tonnes and JPY 4,198 million.

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

Source: Japanese Customs

So far, Australia has exported 760 tonnes to Japan, worth JPY 963 million.

By DGA

www.fis.com


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