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Tuna

 
Report Date: Wednesday, July 23, 2014
 
 
 

 

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 at Japan Customs of frozen bluefin (HS 030345000 and 030346000) in May was JPY 2,053/kg, down 14% on that of April but up 27% on that of May 2013. In the first five months the average was JPY 1,794/kg, up 4% on 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: May/14 Apr/14

Average price at Customs (JPY/kg)

% VAR: May/14 May/13

May 14

May 13

May 13

Spain

3,159

-

-65%

3,344

-72%

Italy

-

-

-

-

-

Malta

-

3,328

+2%

3,019

+6%

Turkey

-

1,192

+2%

3,277

-11%

Croatia

1,748

-

+6%

2,878

0%

Mexico

1,711

1,643

-

-

-

Source: Customs

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

Source: Customs

Markets

In the analysed month, imports reached 133 tonnes of frozen bluefin, worth JPY 273 million at Japanese Customs, up 60% in volume and 38% in value on those of the previous month and down 84% and 80% respectively on those of May 2013.

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

Source: Customs

During the period, they totaled 3,102 tonnes worth JPY 5,565 million, up 46% in volume and 52% in 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

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2. EUROPE

2.1 European Union

Landed volumes

Spain

On Mercabarna, during week 28, the most important increases were those in fresh tuna by 11 tonnes and in fresh shortfin mako by 2 tonnes. The most significant decline was registered in fresh swordfish, by 1 tonne.

On the wholesale market of Mercamadrid, incoming volumes of tunid and squaliform species rose by 6 tonnes. The most important rise was that in fresh swordfish, by 15 tonnes, and the most significant drop was that in fresh albacore, by 9.5 tonnes.

Table 2: Incoming volumes on Mercamadrid, weeks 28 and 27

Presentation

Product

Volume (kg)

% of variation

Week 28

Week 27

Frozen

Skin-on bonito

8,944

12,176

-27

Frozen

Skinless bonito

2,236

3,044

-27

Frozen

Shortfin mako

1,140

3,400

-66

Frozen

Swordfish

27,367

21,120

30

Frozen

Blue shark

4,600

2,000

130

Fresh

Skin-on bonito

4,988

5,906

-16

Fresh

Skinless bonito

14,965

23,624

-37

Fresh

Shortfin mako

36

1,848

-98

Fresh

Swordfish

34,365

19,387

77

Fresh

Blue shark

1,000

1,000

0

Source: Mercamadrid

Italy

At Italian ports there were few variations during week 28. The most important drop was registered in frigate tuna. The most important volumes were landed at the port of Aci Trezza.

Table 3: Volumes landed at Italian ports,
  weeks 27 and 28, in kg

Species

Week 28

Week 27

% of variation

Atlantic albacore

550

576

-5

Bullet tuna

735

875

-16

Picked dogfish

63

38

67

Swordfish

555

550

1

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

Prices

The prices of skipjack were the same as that of the previous week on the main markets. On the market of Bangkok, it was still at USD 1,600/t. On Manta it was at USD 1,200/t. Catch volumes in the Indian Ocean remained at USD 950/t. On the market of Abidjan they stayed at EUR 1,000/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, the prices of skipjack remained at EUR 900/t CFR Spain. That of yellowfin remained at EUR 2,500/t CFR Spain.

Table 4: Prices of tuna destined for canning in Spain,
week 29, in EUR/kg CFR

Species

Size

Price

Yellowfin (Thunnus albacares)

< 10 kg/pc

2.50

> 10 kg/pc

2.40

Skipjack (Katsuwonus pelamis)

< 1.8 kg/pc

0.80

1.8 – 3.4 kg/pc

0.90

> 3.4 kg/pc

1.00

Source: FIS.com

Table 5: Prices for precooked frozen tuna loins in Spain,
week 29, 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 29, 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, the price of fresh head-on albacore rose by EUR 0.79 and so did that of fresh headless albacore by EUR 1.73/kg, due to a drop in supplies in both cases. The price of fresh blue shark dropped by EUR 0.21/kg, due to a higher demand. Those for the rest of the species remained stable.

On Mercabarna, the most important variation was the rise in fresh swordfish as a consequence of a drop in supplies. Those for the rest of the species remained stable or registered very slight variations.

Table 7: Prices on Mercabarna, weeks 28 and 27, in EUR/kg

Species

Week 28

Week 27

% of variation

Fresh tuna

12.83

12.74

0.71

Frozen whole tope shark

4.01

4.01

0.00

Fresh tope shark

6.19

6.21

-0.32

Frozen shortfin mako

4.58

4.58

0.00

Fresh shortfin mako

10.66

10.65

0.09

Frozen swordfish

9.02

9.00

0.22

Fresh swordfish

13.89

13.72

1.24

Source: Mercabarna

Italy

On Italian first-sale markets prices of picked dogfish and swordfish increased slightly. Those of Atlantic albacore declined.

Table 8: Average prices at Italian ports,
weeks 28 and 27, in EUR/kg

Product

Week 28

Week 27

% of variation

Lowest price

Highest price

Lowest price

Highest price

Lowest price

Highest price

Atlantic albacore

5.42

11.25

7.74

9.91

-30

14

Bullet tuna

3.58

7.58

3.58

7.58

0

0

Picked dogfish

8.04

8.45

7.97

8.34

1

1

Swordfish

10.75

17.25

10.08

17.92

7

-4

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

Markets

European Union

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

EU country

Volume (mt)

Average price (EUR/kg)

2014

2013

2014

2013

Germany

135

272

6.66

8.43

Belgium

240

482

6.57

9.44

Bulgaria

 

2

 

9.00

Cyprus

1

10

4.85

10.24

Croatia

19

 

3.97

 

Denmark

92

62

4.88

6.60

Slovaquia

 

2

 

6.91

Slovenia

 

46

 

7.89

Spain

1,249

1,243

4.64

5.09

Estonia

10

8

5.29

6.18

Finland

 

2

 

8.67

France

1,018

1,195

6.99

7.19

Greece

 

2

 

15.13

Hungary

 

6

 

8.35

Ireland

1

1

3.05

5.11

Italy

207

427

6.75

7.24

Letonia

1

9

12.27

10.21

Lithuania

6

19

7.93

8.16

Luxembourg

 

1

 

70.52

Malta

0

1

7.70

6.58

Netherlands

283

345

6.89

7.77

Poland

40

69

4.13

5.97

Portugal

53

829

5.28

4.78

United Kingdom

420

352

6.86

8.31

Czech Republic

29

26

8.80

7.46

Romania

 

9

 

18.64

Sweden

19

88

7.42

7.15

Average Total

3,822

5,505

6.37

10.65

 Source: Eurostat

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

EU country

Volume (mt)

Average price (EUR/kg)

2014

2013

2014

2013

Germany

5

50

13.69

13.55

Belgium

1

346

7.30

8.63

Bulgaria

 

0

 

3.40

Croatia

2

 

6.42

 

Denmark

1

26

4.54

7.08

Spain

823

1,695

14.73

8.16

Estonia

5

0

11.18

53.70

France

62

62

10.02

7.97

Greece

 

0

 

24.23

Italy

0

11

10.60

16.88

Letonia

0

3

12.18

11.96

Lithuania

1

 

7.50

 

Luxembourg

 

0

 

18.60

Netherlands

31

1,121

7.43

5.10

Poland

 

4

 

6.56

Portugal

71

418

5.06

5.29

United Kingdom

15

89

7.44

6.07

Czech Republic

3

1

16.76

12.14

Romania

0

 

6.50

 

Sweden

0

0

10.80

39.20

Average Total

1,020

3,826

9.51

14.62

 Source: Eurostat

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