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Tuna

 
Report Date: Wednesday, July 19, 2017
 
 
 

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 in the following index.

ASIA

Japan

Skipjack (Katsuwonus pelamis)
Albacore (Thunnus alalunga)
Yellowfin (Thunnus albacares)
Bluefin tuna (Thunnus Thynnus)
Bigeye tuna (Thunnus obesus)

Markets

Total imports of tuna in May, fresh and frozen, reached about 13,027 tonnes, with a value at Japanese Customs of JPY 6,730 million. These figures are down 34% in volume and 33% in value on those of April and compared with those of May 2016, the volume is down 14% and the value is down 28%.

Imports of fresh tuna during the month reached 1,198 tonnes with a value of JPY 1,596 million at Japanese Customs, down 8% in volume and 10% in value on those of the previous month, and down 23% in volume and 17% in value on those of May 2016.

Table 1: Japanese imports of fresh tuna, 2017/2016

Species

Tonnes

Var. %

(millions of JPY)

Var. %

Jan/May 2017

Jan/May 2016

Jan/May 2017

Jan/May 2016

White tuna

24

23

+4%

19

17

+12%

Yellowfin

2,041

2,634

-23%

2,120

2,647

-20%

Skipjack

0

0

-

0

0

-

Bigeye

1,988

2,591

-23%

2,356

2,801

-16%

Bluefin

1,696

2,973

-43%

2,825

4,455

-37%

Southern Bluefin

492

616

-20%

742

837

-11%

Total

6,241

8,837

-29%

8,062

10,757

-25%

Source: Japanese Customs

Graph 1: Japanese imports of fresh tuna, 2013/2017

Source: Japanese Customs

As regards frozen tuna, imports during the month reported 11,829 tonnes, worth JPY 5,135 million at Japanese Customs.

These figures are down 36% in volume and 38% in value on those of the previous month and compared with those of May 2016, the volume is down 12% and so is the value by 30%.

Table 2: Japanese imports of frozen tuna, 2017/2016

Species

Tonnes

Var. %

(millions of JPY)

Var. %

Jan/May 2017

Jan/May 2016

Jan/May 2017

Jan/May 2016

White tuna

5,652

3,766

+50%

1,783

1,312

+36%

Yellowfin

20,030

22,686

-12%

9,064

9,378

-3%

Skipjack

18,107

9,243

+96%

3,329

1,546

+115%

Bigeye

26,273

34,488

-24%

21,525

25,019

-14%

Bluefin

281

769

-63%

197

1,352

-85%

Southern Bluefin

276

171

+61%

283

260

+9%

Total

70,619

71,123

-1%

36,181

38,867

-7%

Source: Japanese Customs

Graph 2: Japanese imports of frozen tuna, 2013/2017

Source: Japanese Customs

By DGA

www.fis.com


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