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Tuna

 
Report Date: Wednesday, October 22, 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 August was JPY 1,616/kg, up 13% on that of July and 5% on that of August 2013. In the first eight months the average was JPY 1,580/kg, down 5% 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. Aug/14 Jul/14

Average price at Customs (JPY/kg)

% Var. Aug/14 Aug/13

Aug 14

July 14

Aug 13

Spain

-

2,646

-

2,695

-

Italy

-

-

-

-

-

Malta

-

-

-

-

-

Turkey

-

-

-

-

-

Croatia

-

-

-

-

-

Mexico

-

1,752

-

-

-

Source: Customs

Graph 1: Average prices for 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 2,663 tonnes of frozen bluefin, worth JPY 4,303 million at Japanese Customs, up 292% in volume and 343% in value on those of the previous month and 143% and 156% respectively on those of August 2013.

Volumes from Australia reported 2,647 tonnes, at JPY 1,617/kg on average.

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

Source: Customs

During the period, they totaled 7,632 tonnes worth JPY 12,031 million, up 133% in volume and 121% 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 Mercamadrid, the volumes of frozen albacore, frozen shortfin mako and fresh blue shark declined. Those of fresh swordfish, fresh albacore and frozen blue shark increased.

Table 2: Incoming volumes on Mercamadrid,
weeks 41 and 40

Presentation

Product

Volume (kg)

% of variation

Week 41

Week 40

Frozen

Skin-on bonito

6,240

10,480

-40

Frozen

Skinless bonito

1,560

2,620

-40

Frozen

Shortfin mako

700

46,380

-98

Frozen

Swordfish

53,595

34,257

56

Frozen

Blue shark

300

250

20

Fresh

Skin-on bonito

2,343

1,857

26

Fresh

Skinless bonito

5,310

4,324

23

Fresh

Shortfin mako

400

 

-

Fresh

Swordfish

40,515

19,708

106

Fresh

Blue shark

 

500

-

 Source: Mercamadrid

France

At French ports, during week 41, there were no volumes of albacore in the last statistics.

Table 3: Volumes landed on French national markets,
weeks 40 and 41, in kg

Species

Week 41

Week 40

% of variation

Albacore

 

153,081

-

 Source: FranceAgriMer

Italy

At Italian ports, volumes of tunid and squaliform species increased, especially those of bullet tuna, swordfish and Atlantic albacore. The most important volumes were landed at the port of Aci Trezza.

Table 4: Volumes landed at Italian ports, 
weeks 40 and 41, in kg

Species

Week 41

Week 40

% of variation

Atlantic albacore

470

244

93

Bullet tuna

1,110

750

48

Picked dogfish

109

77

42

Swordfish

745

400

86

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

Prices

Prices of skipjack are stable both on the market of Bangkok, at USD 1,600/t, and in the Indian Ocean at USD 1,400/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 5: Prices of tuna destined for canning in Spain,
week 41, 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 6: Prices for precooked frozen tuna loins in Spain,
week 41, in EUR/kg FOB

Species

Cleaning

Price

Yellowfin (Thunnus albacares)

Double

5.50

Simple

5.00

Skipjack (Katsuwonus pelamis)

Double

5.00

Simple

4.20

Source: FIS.com

Table 7: Prices of frozen swordfish loins in Spain,
week 41, in EUR/kg FOB

Species

Cleaning

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 albacore declined due to the rise in supplies. That of swordfish increased due to the higher demand. Those of the rest of the species remained stable.

Table 8: Prices on Mercamadrid, weeks 41 and 40, in EUR/kg

Presentation

Product

Price (EUR/kg)

% of variation

Week 41

Week 40

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

3.31

0

Fresh

Skin-on bonito

5.50

5.76

-5

Fresh

Skinless bonito

6.50

6.85

-5

Fresh

Shortfin mako

5.50

 

-

Fresh

Swordfish

20.89

18.50

13

Fresh

Blue shark

 

5.50

-

 Source: Mercamadrid

France

There were no prices during week 41 due to the lack of albacore volumes during such week.

Table 9: Average prices at French ports,
weeks 41 and 40, in EUR/kg

Species

Week 41

Week 40

% of variation

Albacore

 

1.40

-

 Source: FranceAgriMer

Italy

On Italian first-sale markets, the average prices of swordfish declined due to the rise in supplies. That of Atlantic albacore, Bullet tuna and picked dogfish increased because of the higher demand.

Table 10: Average prices at Italian ports,
weeks 41 and 40, in EUR/kg

Product

Week 41

Week 40

% of variation

Lowest price

Highest price

Lowest price

Highest price

Lowest price

Highest price

Atlantic albacore

7.90

12.70

6.78

8.67

16

46

Bullet tuna

3.70

6.40

3.50

6.00

6

7

Picked dogfish

7.12

7.80

6.57

7.55

8

3

Swordfish

11.10

18.90

11.50

19.50

-3

-3

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

Markets

European Union

Table 11: Imports of frozen swordfish (Xiphias gladius) –whole,
H&G and fillets- by the European Union countries,
January-July 2013/2014

EU country

Volume (mt)

Average price (EUR/kg)

2014

2013

2014

2013

Germany

123

190

7.70

7.55

Belgium

1,047

103

3.97

10.68

Bulgaria

 

7

 

1.18

Cyprus

51

33

3.30

3.97

Croatia

 

3

 

4.92

Denmark

 

52

 

5.39

Slovaquia

 

29

 

2.74

Slovenia

 

0

 

22.50

Spain

3,362

5,323

3.82

3.95

Finland

 

0

 

23.13

France

1,748

3,499

5.54

5.20

Greece

258

275

3.13

3.45

Ireland

0

1

38.70

10.93

Italy

1,955

7,916

4.53

5.30

Letonia

0

 

12.90

 

Lithuania

0

0

11.28

13.85

Luxembourg

 

6

 

10.73

Malta

 

13

 

3.05

Netherlands

31

26

8.73

8.40

Poland

1

29

7.90

8.97

Portugal

2,585

3,545

4.05

4.07

United Kingdom

243

446

7.45

6.87

Czech Republic

1

2

26.36

11.30

Romania

 

17

 

1.76

Sweden

 

6

 

8.06

Average Total

11,404

21,521

9.96

7.83

 Source: Eurostat

Table 12: Exports of frozen swordfish (Xiphias gladius) –whole,
H&G and fillets- by the European Union countries,
January-July 2013/2014

EU country

Volume (mt)

Average price (EUR/kg)

2014

2013

2014

2013

Germany

3

21

13.40

13.27

Belgium

0

10

11.50

5.96

Croatia

 

0

 

8.45

Denmark

 

155

 

7.39

Spain

1,782

4,778

5.53

5.06

France

593

1,934

6.37

5.43

Greece

 

9

 

6.29

Italy

8

172

9.83

5.56

Letonia

0

0

8.53

12.95

Luxembourg

0

4

32.90

13.43

Netherlands

3

495

10.28

8.67

Portugal

3,803

5,056

3.76

4.01

United Kingdom

100

231

4.73

5.21

Czech Republic

1

1

25.94

24.01

Average Total

6,293

12,865

11.94

8.65

  Source: Eurostat

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