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Tuna

 
Report Date: Wednesday, April 01, 2015
 
 
 

This report focuses on catch volumes of tuna, shark and swordfish in Japanese and European Union 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 European Union – 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 of frozen bluefin (HS 030345000 y 030346000) at Japan Customs in January was JPY 1,715/kg, up 12% on that of December and down 28% on that of January 2014.

Table 1: Average prices of frozen bluefin (HS 030345000 y 030346000) 
at Japan Customs, years 2015-2014, in JPY/kg

Origin

Average price at Customs (JPY/kg)

% Var. Jan/15 Dec/14

Average price at Customs (JPY/kg)

% Var. Jan/15 Jan/14

Jan 15

Dec 14

ene /14

Spain

911

3,053

-70%

-

-

Italy

-

3,099

-

-

-

Malta

1,637

3,043

-46%

-

-

Turkey

-

-

-

-

-

Croatia

-

-

-

-

-

Mexico

1,843

-

-

-

-

Source: Customs

Graph 1: Average prices of frozen bluefin imports (HS 030345000 y
030346000) at Japan Customs, years 2011/2015, in JPY/kg

Source: Customs

Markets

In the month analysed, imports reached 1,266 tonnes of frozen bluefin, worth JPY 2,171 million at Japanese Customs, up 17% in volume and 32% in value on those of the previous month and up 15 times and 11 times more, respectively, on those of January 2014.

Graph 2: Japanese imports of frozen bluefin
(HS 030345000 and 030346000), 2011/2015

Source: Customs

Graph 3: Monthly cumulative imports of frozen bluefin
(HS 030345000 and 030346000), in tonnes, 2011-2015

Source: Japan Customs

Taiwan was the main origin of Japanese imports of frozen southern bluefin, with 131 tonnes. Mexico was the main origin of Japanese imports of frozen northern bluefin, with 979 tonnes.

Graph 4: Main exporters of frozen bigeye to Japan,
January 2015, in tonnes

Source: Customs

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2. EUROPE

2.1 European Union

Landed volumes

Spain

Incoming volumes on Mercamadrid recovered in the case of frozen tunid and squaliform species, apart from those of fresh blue shark, during week 12. Volumes of fresh albacore, fresh shortfin mako and fresh swordfish declined.

Table 2: Incoming volumes into Mercamadrid,
weeks 12 and 11 of 2015

Presentation

Product

Volume (kg)

% of variation

Week 12

Week 11

Frozen

Skin-on bonito

38,816

6,052

-

Frozen

Skinless bonito

9,704

1,513

-

Frozen

Shortfin mako

100

 

-

Frozen

Swordfish

50,269

26,185

91.98

Frozen

Blue shark

2,000

 

-

Fresh

Skin-on bonito

914

3,889

-76.50

Fresh

Skinless bonito

2,131

9,073

-76.51

Fresh

Shortfin mako

 

1,007

-

Fresh

Swordfish

14,580

21,445

-32.01

Fresh

Blue shark

1,000

 

-

 Source: Mercamadrid

Italy

At Italian ports, during week 12, volumes of bullet tuna, picked dogfish, swordfish and albacore declined.

Table 3: Volumes landed at Italian ports, 
weeks 11 and 12 of 2015, in kg

Species

Week 12

Week 11

% of variation

Atlantic albacore

384

578

-34

Bullet tuna

580

670

-13

Picked dogfish

34

53

-36

Swordfish

240

440

-45

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

Prices

Prices of skipjack on Bangkok remained at USD 1,200/t and USD 1,300.

Spain

In Spain prices of skipjack stayed at EUR 900/t EXW Spain and those of yellowfin at EUR 2,000/t EXW Spain.

Table 4: Prices of tuna destined for canning in Spain,
week 12, in EUR/kg CFR

Species

Size

Price

Yellowfin (Thunnus albacares)

< 10 kg/pc

2.20

> 10 kg/pc

2.00

Skipjack (Katsuwonus pelamis)

< 1.8 kg/pc

0.85

1.8 – 3.4 kg/pc

0.90

> 3.4 kg/pc

1.05

Source: FIS.com

Table 5: Prices for precooked frozen tuna loins in Spain,
week 12, in EUR/kg FOB

Species

Cleansing

Price

Yellowfin (Thunnus albacares)

Double

4.00

Simple

3.50

Skipjack (Katsuwonus pelamis)

Double

5.00

Simple

4.20

Source: FIS.com

Table 6: Prices of frozen swordfish loins in Spain,
week 12, 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

During week 12, on Mercamadrid, prices of tunid and squaliform species remained stable, except for that of fresh swordfish that rose by EUR 0.49/kg.

Table 7: Prices on Mercamadrid,
weeks 12 and 11 of 2015, in EUR/kg

Presentation

Product

Price (EUR/kg)

% of variation

Week 12

Week 11

Frozen

Skin-on bonito

2.70

2.70

0.00

Frozen

Skinless bonito

3.31

3.31

0.00

Frozen

Shortfin mako

4.06

 

.

Frozen

Swordfish

6.01

6.01

0.00

Frozen

Blue shark

3.31

 

-

Fresh

Skin-on bonito

7.20

7.20

0.00

Fresh

Skinless bonito

8.90

8.90

0.00

Fresh

Shortfin mako

 

5.50

-

Fresh

Swordfish

18.19

17.70

2.77

Fresh

Blue shark

5.50

 

-

 Source: Mercamadrid

Italy

On Italian first-sale markets, prices of bullet tuna and picked dogfish declined due to a lower demand. Those of Atlantic albacore and swordfish increased because of a drop in supplies.

Table 8: Average prices at Italian ports,
weeks 12 and 11 of 2015, in EUR/kg

Product

Week 12

Week 11

% of variation

Lowest price

Highest price

Lowest price

Highest price

Lowest price

Highest price

Atlantic albacore

7.18

11.23

6.85

10.35

5

8

Bullet tuna

3.50

7.00

3.67

7.33

-5

-5

Picked dogfish

5.97

6.47

7.39

9.31

-19

-30

Swordfish

10.75

19.25

10.50

16.67

2

15

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

Markets

European Union

In 2014, in the EU, imports of tuna fillets and loins declined by only 600 tonnes from those of 2014. The average price was EUR 0.28/kg. Spain and France were the main importers and they were higher than those in 2013. As regards prices, that of imports declined in Spain and increased in France.

Exports declined by 5,000 tonnes in the EU. Spain was the main exporter, with an important drop from those of 2013. The average price increased in 2014.

Table 9: Imports of frozen tuna (Thunnus genus) and skipjack
(Euthynnus [Katsuwonus] pelamis) fillets in the EU,
January-December 2013/2014

EU country

Volume (mt)

Average price (EUR/kg)

2014

2013

2014

2013

Germany

607

729

7.41

7.99

Belgium

698

1,166

6.49

8.83

Bulgaria

 

25

 

4.22

Cyprus

7

27

4.58

9.82

Croatia

91

50

4.29

5.95

Denmark

167

246

5.08

5.73

Slovaquia

 

6

 

6.17

Slovenia

 

115

 

7.32

Spain

5,668

5,095

4.44

4.81

Estonia

47

33

6.62

5.71

Finland

 

5

 

9.08

France

4,971

3,647

7.33

6.85

Greece

4

16

6.33

8.31

Hungary

 

17

 

8.26

Ireland

1

2

8.71

6.08

Italy

938

1,056

7.20

7.27

Letonia

7

31

9.92

9.75

Lithuania

35

36

8.42

8.36

Luxembourg

 

3

 

32.07

Malta

0

2

7.70

6.87

Netherlands

958

1,118

6.56

7.54

Poland

92

129

4.22

5.81

Portugal

490

1,899

4.73

4.73

United Kingdom

1,785

1,574

6.77

7.64

Czech Republic

97

93

8.22

6.82

Romania

10

26

4.87

13.33

Sweden

72

195

7.18

8.53

Average Total

16,743

17,338

6.08

6.36

 Source: Eurostat

Table 10: Exports of frozen tuna (Thunnus genus) and skipjack
(Euthynnus [Katsuwonus] pelamis) fillets in the EU,
January-December 2013/2014

EU country

Volume (mt)

Average price (EUR/kg)

2014

2013

2014

2013

Germany

53

147

9.84

11.43

Belgium

1

756

7.71

8.70

Bulgaria

 

0

 

8.18

Croatia

8

2

7.21

11.90

Denmark

6

81

11.91

7.46

Spain

1,879

3,878

10.05

8.41

Estonia

31

1

11.40

37.04

France

245

242

11.95

8.30

Greece

2

1

18.30

23.79

Hungary

 

2

 

10.77

Italy

6

25

9.19

15.89

Letonia

2

9

11.85

12.17

Lithuania

3

3

9.68

6.32

Luxembourg

0

0

10.60

44.90

Malta

 

11

 

17.97

Netherlands

55

2,141

7.58

5.86

Poland

 

5

 

9.10

Portugal

971

851

4.18

5.38

United Kingdom

170

250

6.95

7.92

Czech Republic

11

81

13.42

1.15

Romania

0

 

6.50

 

Sweden

1

1

8.57

28.98

Average Total

3,444

8,486

8.36

7.49

  Source: Eurostat

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