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Tuna

 
Report Date: Wednesday, November 26, 2014
 

 

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

 

INDEX

 
1. ASIA
1.1 Japan - Northern bluefin tuna and southern bluefin tuna
 
2. EUROPE
2.1 Spain – Tuna, bonito, blue shark, tope shark and swordfish
 

 

1. ASIA

1.1 Japan

Northern bluefin tuna (Thunnus thynnus)
Southern bluefin tuna (Thunnus maccoyii)

Prices

The average price at Japan Customs of frozen bluefin (HS 030345000 and 030346000) in September was JPY 1,607/kg, down 1% on that of August but up 4% on that of September 2013. In the first nine months the average was JPY 1,590/kg, similar to that of the same period last year.

Table 1: Average prices of frozen bluefin (HS 030345000 y 030346000)
  at Japan Customs, years 2014-2013, in JPY/kg

Origin

Average price at Customs (JPY/kg)

% Var. Sep/14 Aug/14

Average price at Customs (JPY/kg)

% Var. Sep/14 Sep/13

Sep/14

Aug/14

Sep/13

Spain

-

-

-

-

-

Italy

-

-

-

-

-

Malta

-

-

-

-

-

Turkey

-

-

-

-

-

Croatia

-

-

-

-

-

Mexico

2.551

-

-

-

-

Source: Customs

Graph 1: Average prices of frozen bluefin imports (HS 030345000 y
030346000) at Japan Customs, years 2010—2014, in JPY/kg

Source: Customs

Markets

In the analysed month, imports reached 4,527 tonnes of frozen bluefin, worth JPY 7,273 million at Japanese Customs, up 70% in volume and 69% in value on those of the previous month and 4% and 8% respectively on those of September 2013.

Volumes from Australia reported 4,378 tonnes, at JPY 1,620/kg on average.

Graph 2: Japanese imports of frozen bluefin
(HS 030345000 and 030346000), 2010/2014

Source: Customs

During the period, they totaled 12,159 tonnes worth JPY 19,334 million, up 59% in volume and value on those of the same period in 2013.

Graph 3: Monthly cumulative imports of frozen bluefin
(HS 030345000 and 030346000), in tonnes, 2010-2014

Source: Japan Customs

Australia was the main origin of Japanese frozen southern bluefin imports, with 7,584 tonnes. Those of northern bluefin came mainly from Mëxico and reported 3,553 tonnes.

Graph 4: Main exporters of frozen bluefin to Japan,
January-September 2014, in tonnes

Source: Customs

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2. EUROPE

2.1 Spain

Landed volumes

Spain

On Mercamadrid, incoming volumes of tunid and squaliform species dropped by almost 10 tonnes during week 46. The most important variations were the rise in frozen blue shark and the drop in fresh swordfish.

Table 2: Incoming volumes on Mercamadrid,
weeks 46 and 45

Presentation

Product

Volume (kg)

% of variation

Week 46

Week 45

Frozen

Skin-on bonito

9,296

8,920

4

Frozen

Skinless bonito

2,324

2,230

4

Frozen

Shortfin mako

700

1,700

-59

Frozen

Swordfish

47,431

57,106

-17

Frozen

Blue shark

11,000

 

-

Fresh

Skin-on bonito

573

1,260

-55

Fresh

Skinless bonito

1,299

2,856

-55

Fresh

Shortfin mako

 

400

-

Fresh

Swordfish

9,220

16,390

-44

Fresh

Blue shark

 

30

-

 Source: Mercamadrid

Italy

At Italian ports, volumes of albacore, bullet tuna and swordfish dropped dramatically during week 46, especially the last two species. The most important volumes were landed at the port of Aci Trezza.

Table 3: Volumes landed at Italian ports, 
weeks 45 and 46, in kg

Species

Week 46

Week 45

% of variation

Atlantic albacore

13

241

-95

Bullet tuna

 

665

-

Picked dogfish

97

12

697

Swordfish

 

265

-

 Source: ISMEA (Istituto di Servizi per il mercato agricolo e alimentare)

Prices

Prices of skipjack on the market of Bangkok remained at USD 1,570/t.

Prices of yellowfin remained in all markets. On Manta it was at EUR 1,700/t. Catch volumes of the Indian ocean remained at USD 2,000/t and on Abidjan they stayed at EUR 2,030/t.

Spain

In Spain prices of skipjack stayed at EUR 1,450/t CFR Spain and those of yellowfin at EUR 2,600/t CFR Spain.

Table 4: Prices of tuna destined for canning in Spain,
week 46, in EUR/kg CFR

Species

Size

Price

Yellowfin (Thunnus albacares)

< 10 kg/pc

2.60

> 10 kg/pc

2.50

Skipjack (Katsuwonus pelamis)

< 1.8 kg/pc

1.00

1.8 – 3.4 kg/pc

1.20

> 3.4 kg/pc

1.45

Source: FIS.com

Table 5: Prices for precooked frozen tuna loins in Spain,
week 46, in EUR/kg FOB

Species

Cleansing

Price

Yellowfin (Thunnus albacares)

Double

5.50

Simple

5.00

Skipjack (Katsuwonus pelamis)

Double

5.00

Simple

4.20

Source: FIS.com

Table 6: Prices of frozen swordfish loins in Spain,
week 46, in EUR/kg FOB

Species

Cleansing

Price

Swordfish loins

Skinless and boneless

7.50

Skin-on and boneless

6.50

Slice

5.50

H&G

25/50 kg

5.00

50/70 kg

5.10

70/100 kg

5.20

+ 100 kg

5.30

Source: FIS.com

On Mercamadrid, prices of head-on fresh albacore and fresh swordfish declined due to a lower demand. The rest of tunid and squalliform products reported no variations.

Table 7: Prices on Mercamadrid, weeks 46 and 45, in EUR/kg

Presentation

Product

Price (EUR/kg)

% of variation

Week 46

Week 45

Frozen

Skin-on bonito

2.70

2.70

0

Frozen

Skinless bonito

3.31

3.31

0

Frozen

Shortfin mako

4.06

4.06

0

Frozen

Swordfish

6.01

6.01

0

Frozen

Blue shark

3.31

 

-

Fresh

Skin-on bonito

5.50

5.50

0

Fresh

Skinless bonito

6.30

6.50

-3

Fresh

Shortfin mako

 

5.50

-

Fresh

Swordfish

14.38

14.76

-3

Fresh

Blue shark

 

5.50

-

 Source: Mercamadrid

Italy

On Italian first-sale markets the prices of albacore increased because of a drop in supplies. Those of picked dogfish dropped due to the rise in supplies.

Table 8: Average prices at Italian ports,
weeks 46 and 45, in EUR/kg

Product

Week 46

Week 45

% of variation

Lowest price

Highest price

Lowest price

Highest price

Lowest price

Highest price

Atlantic albacore

9.00

9.40

8.00

10.13

13

-7

Bullet tuna

   

3.10

6.10

-

-

Picked dogfish

8.46

10.62

10.96

11.35

-23

-6

Swordfish

   

10.90

18.50

-

-

 Source: ISMEA (Istituto di Servizi per il mercato agricolo e alimentare)

Markets

European Union

Table 9: Imports of frozen swordfish (Xiphias gladius) –whole,
H&G and fillets- by the European Union countries,
January-August 2013/2014

EU country

Volume (mt)

Average price (EUR/kg)

2014

2013

2014

2013

Germany

147

220

7.72

7.68

Belgium

1,163

117

4.00

10.80

Bulgaria

 

7

 

1.23

Cyprus

63

39

3.30

3.88

Croatia

 

5

 

5.10

Denmark

 

68

 

5.13

Slovaquia

 

29

 

2.74

Slovenia

 

0

 

13.38

Spain

3,698

5,958

3.82

3.95

Finland

 

0

 

23.67

France

2,077

3,843

5.70

5.32

Greece

324

316

3.14

3.38

Ireland

0

1

40.30

11.33

Italy

2,318

9,216

4.62

5.29

Letonia

0

 

12.90

 

Lithuania

1

1

11.96

13.16

Luxembourg

 

6

 

10.68

Malta

 

13

 

3.05

Netherlands

35

30

8.09

7.81

Poland

1

29

7.89

8.98

Portugal

3,030

3,933

4.09

4.11

United Kingdom

308

540

7.56

6.89

Czech Republic

1

2

22.01

11.43

Romania

 

17

 

1.87

Sweden

 

6

 

8.06

Average Total

13,165

24,398

9.81

7.46

 Source: Eurostat

Table 10: Exports of frozen swordfish (Xiphias gladius) –whole,
H&G and fillets- by the European Union countries,
January-August 2013/2014

EU country

Volume (mt)

Average price (EUR/kg)

2014

2013

2014

2013

Germany

3

24

13.14

13.36

Belgium

0

13

11.50

5.73

Croatia

 

3

 

4.62

Denmark

 

177

 

7.35

Spain

1.791

5.484

5.54

5.08

France

671

1.987

6.50

5.53

Greece

 

13

 

5.99

Italy

9

191

10.09

5.93

Letonia

0

1

8.53

12.46

Luxembourg

0

4

32.90

13.41

Netherlands

3

515

10.49

8.75

Portugal

4.616

5.455

3.82

4.01

United Kingdom

130

259

4.88

5.25

Czech Republic

1

1

25.48

24.20

Average Total

7.224

14.127

12.08

8.69

Source: Eurostat

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By DGA and Juan Murias

www.fis.com


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