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Tuna

 
Report Date: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
 

 

This report focuses on catches 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 and southern bluefin
 
2. EUROPE
2.1 Spain – Tuna, bonito, blue shark, tope shark and swordfish
 

 

1. ASIA

1.1 Japan

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

Prices

The average CIF price of fresh bluefin imported by Japan in February was JPY 1,785/kg, up 18% on that of January and 6% on that of February 2013. During the first two months, the average was JPY 1,654/kg, down 3% on that of the same period last year.

Table 1: Average price at Japan Customs, in JPY/kg CIF

Origin

Average price at Customs (JPY/kg)

% Variation

Feb 14

Jan 14

Feb 13

Feb/14 Jan/14

Feb/14 Feb/13

Spain

3,379

3,483

3,313

-3%

+2%

Italy

-

-

3,242

-

-

Malta

-

-

-

-

-

Greece

2,696

-

-

-

-

Turkey

-

-

-

-

-

United States

2,613

5,795

2,404

-55%

+9%

Mexico

1,696

1,702

1,500

0%

+13%

Tunisia

-

-

-

-

-

Australia (SBFT)

1,063

-

,

-

-

Source: Japan Customs

Graph 1: Average price at Customs for
fresh bluefin Japanese imports, 2010/2014, in JPY/kg

Source: Customs

Markets

In February, about 358 tonnes of fresh bluefin were imported, worth JPY 639 million at Japan Customs.

This figure is up 4% in volume and 22% in value on those registered during the previous month. Compared with February 2013, imports fell 22% in volume and 17% in value.

Graph 2: Japanese imports of fresh bluefin,
2010/2014

Source: Customs

During the first two months of the year, imports reached 833 tonnes worth JPY 1,163 million, down 16% in volume and 18% in value on those of the same period in 2013.

Graph 3: Cumulative monthly Japanese imports
of fresh northern bluefin, 2010 – 2014, in tonnes

Source: Japan Customs

In the period the main origin of Japanese imports of northern bluefin (Thunnus thynnus and/or Thunnus orientalis) was Mexico with 412 tonnes and JPY 703 million, followed by Korea with 106 tonnes and JPY 51 million.

Graph 4: Cumulative monthly Japanese fresh
southern bluefin imports, 2010/2014, in tonnes

Source: Japan Customs

The main supplier of southern bluefin was Indonesia, with 81 tonnes worth JPY 77 million.

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2. EUROPE

2.1 Spain

Landed volumes

Spain

On Mercabarna, during week 14, the most important variation was the drop in fresh tuna by 8 tonnes. Those of frozen shortfin mako, fresh and frozen swordfish also dropped, but to a lesser extent. Those of fresh tope shark, fresh shortfin mako and frozen tope shark increased.

On Mercamadrid, the volumes of frozen shortfin mako, frozen and fresh blue shark declined. Those of frozen albacore, fresh albacore and frozen swordfish, especially, registered a rise of 36 tonnes.

Table 2: Incoming volumes on Mercamadrid,
weeks 13 and 14

Presentation

Product

Volume (kg)

% of variation

Week 14

Week 13

Frozen

Skin-on bonito

17,030

15,557

9

Frozen

Skinless bonito

4,258

3,889

9

Frozen

Shortfin mako

537

703

-24

Frozen

Swordfish

74,590

38,392

94

Frozen

Blue shark

4,040

5,096

-21

Fresh

Skin-on bonito

401

120

234

Fresh

Skinless bonito

1,604

480

234

Fresh

Shortfin mako

200

 

-

Fresh

Swordfish

16,165

15,706

3

Fresh

Blue shark

 

482

-

Source: Mercamadrid

Italy

At Italian ports, during week 14, the volumes of tunid and squaliform species declined. The most significant decline was registered in bullet tuna, by half a tonne.

Table 3: Volumes landed at Italian ports, 
weeks 13 and 14, in kg

Species

Week 14

Week 13

% of variation

Atlantic albacore

335

522

-36

Bullet tuna

720

1,300

-45

Picked dogfish

31

130

-76

Swordfish

359

600

-40

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

Prices

The price of skipjack remained at USD 1,200/t on the market of Bangkok, at USD 1,400/t on Manta, at USD 775/t on the Indian Ocean and EUR 1,000/t on the Atlantic Ocean.

The prices of yellowfin remained at EUR 2,400/t on Manta, USD 1,800/t on the Indian Ocean and EUR 2,000/t on the market of Abidjan.

Spain

In Spain, the prices of skipjack remained at EUR 900/t CFR Spain. Yellowfin tuna reported a rise in some volumes and they reached around EUR 2,500/t CFR Spain.

Prices of frozen swordfish have increased.

Table 4: Prices of tuna destined for canning in Spain,
week 15, in EUR/kg CFR

Species

Size

Price

Yellowfin (Thunnus albacares)

< 10 kg/pc

2.30

> 10 kg/pc

2.50

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 15, in EUR/kg FOB

Species

Cleansing

Price

Yellowfin (Thunnus albacares)

Double

6.00

Simple

5.50

Skipjack (Katsuwonus pelamis)

Double

5.00

Simple

4.20

Source: FIS.com

Table 6: Prices of frozen swordfish loins in Spain,
week 15, 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 tunid and squaliform species remained stable, except for that of fresh swordfish that rose by EUR 2.50/kg.

On Mercabarna, the prices of week 14 were as follows:

Table 7: Prices on Mercabarna, weeks 14 and 13, in EUR/kg

Species

Week 14

Week 13

% of variation

Fresh tuna

14.07

14.23

-1.1

Frozen whole tope shark

4.17

4.22

-1.2

Fresh tope shark

6.52

6.71

-2.8

Frozen shortfin mako

4.60

4.60

0.0

Fresh shortfin mako

10.41

10.26

1.5

Frozen swordfish

9.02

9.07

-0.6

Fresh swordfish

12.25

12.07

1.5

Source: Mercabarna

Italy

On Italian first-sale markets the prices of albacore, bullet tuna, red scorpionfish and swordfish increased because of a drop in supplies.

Table 8: Average prices at Italian ports,
weeks 14 and 13, in EUR/kg

Product

Week 14

Week 13

% of variation

Lowest price

Highest price

Lowest price

Highest price

Lowest price

Highest price

Atlantic albacore

5.99

8.86

5.17

8.44

16

5

Bullet tuna

3.00

6.00

3.08

5.42

-3

11

Picked dogfish

8.01

8.86

7.37

8.59

9

3

Swordfish

13.35

17.35

11.00

19.00

21

-9

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

Markets

European Union

Imports of tuna fillets declined by 142 tonnes in January 2014, compared with those of January 2013. There was a slight rise in Span but the most important drop was registered in the UK.

Exports declined by 158 tonnes. In Spain exports of fillets have increased. The most important drop was reported by the Netherlands.

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

EU country

Volume (mt)

Average price (EUR/kg)

2014

2013

2014

2013

Germany

72

85

6.73

8.01

Belgium

31

123

7.78

9.63

Cyprus

 

1

 

14.17

Croatia

14

 

3.97

 

Denmark

20

4

3.88

12.88

Slovaquia

 

1

 

6.65

Spain

399

390

4.50

4.99

Estonia

 

7

 

5.38

France

295

273

6.92

7.00

Hungary

 

1

 

8.40

Italy

11

53

6.86

8.86

Letonia

 

4

 

11.55

Lithuania

 

11

 

8.59

Netherlands

165

84

6.72

6.30

Poland

 

6

 

9.68

Portugal

38

291

5.17

4.64

United Kingdom

237

79

7.54

9.85

Czech Republic

2

3

22.62

7.53

Romania

 

1

 

24.95

Sweden

 

11

 

12.70

 Source: Eurostat

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

EU country

Volume (mt)

Average price (EUR/kg)

2014

2013

2014

2013

Germany

2

14

14.19

12.94

Belgium

 

94

 

8.41

Denmark

 

8

 

7.05

Spain

571

430

16.61

3.58

France

9

9

12.57

11.79

Italy

 

3

 

17.10

Letonia

 

1

 

12.82

Netherlands

5

203

12.28

5.23

Portugal

37

1

5.09

5.20

United Kingdom

 

19

 

6.02

Czech Republic

1

1

14.56

12.04

 Source: Eurostat

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By DGA and Juan Murias

www.fis.com


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