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Tuna

 
Report Date: Wednesday, April 15, 2015
 

 

This report focuses on catch volumes of tuna, shark and swordfish in Japanese, European Union and Argentine 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
 
3. LATIN AMERICA
3.1 Argentina – Patagonian smooth-hound, tope shark and spiny dogfish
 

 

 

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 1,562/kg, up 19% on that of the previous month and down 12% on that of February 2014. In the two months, the average has been JPY 1,435/kg, down 13% on that of the same period in 2014.

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

Origin

Average price at Customs (JPY/kg)

% Variation

Feb 15

Jan 15

Feb 14

Feb/15 Jan/15

Feb/15 Feb/14

Spain

3,542

3,297

3,379

+7%

+5%

Italy

-

-

-

-

-

Malta

-

-

-

-

-

Greece

3,094

1,055

2,696

+193%

+15%

Turkey

-

-

-

-

-

United States

-

4,479

2,613

-

-

Mexico

1,599

1,484

1,696

+8%

-6%

Australia (SBFT)

-

-

-

-

-

Source: Japan Customs

Graph 1: Average price at Customs of fresh bluefin Japanese imports,
2011/2015, in JPY/kg

Source: Customs

Markets

In February, about 283 tonnes of fresh bluefin were imported, worth JPY 442 million at Japan Customs.

This figure is down 1% in volume and up 18% in value on those registered during the previous month. Compared with February 2013, imports fell 21% in volume and 31% in value.

Graph 2: Japanese imports of fresh bluefin, 2011/2015

Source: Customs

During the first two months of the year, imports reported 570 tonnes and JPY 818 million, down 19% in volume and 30% in value on those of the same period in 2014.

Graph 3: Cumulative monthly Japanese imports
of fresh northern bluefin, 2011 – 2015, in tonnes

Source: Japan Customs

In the two months, the main supplier of Japanese imports of northern bluefin (Thunnus thynnus and/or Thunnus orientalis) was Mexico with 367 tonnes and JPY 568 million, followed by Korea with 96 tonnes and JPY 73 million.

Graph 4: Cumulative monthly Japanese fresh southern bluefin imports,
2011/2015, in tonnes

Source: Japan Customs

The main supplier of southern bluefin was the Philippines, with 80 tonnes worth JPY 86 million.

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2. EUROPE

2.1 European Union

Landed volumes

Spain

On Mercamadrid, during week 14, volumes of frozen tunid and squalifor species, fresh albacore and fresh blue shark declined. Those of fresh shortfin mako and swordfish increased.

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

Presentation

Product

Volume (kg)

% of variation

Week 14

Week 13

Frozen

Skin-on bonito

5,892

28,620

-79

Frozen

Skinless bonito

1,473

7,155

-79

Frozen

Shortfin mako

58

3,300

-98

Frozen

Swordfish

19,610

28,570

-31

Fresh

Skin-on bonito

135

1,680

-92

Fresh

Skinless bonito

315

3,920

-92

Fresh

Shortfin mako

200

 

-

Fresh

Swordfish

26,911

25,300

6

Fresh

Blue shark

 

4,000

-

 Source: Mercamadrid

Italy

At Italian ports, during week 14, volumes of bullet tuna, albacore and picked dogfish declined and those of swordfish increased.

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

Species

Week 14

Week 13

% of variation

Atlantic albacore

462

654

-29

Bullet tuna

1,185

1,340

-12

Picked dogfish

6

8

-23

Swordfish

630

510

24

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

Prices

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

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 14, 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 14, 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 in Spain, week 14, 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, during week 14, prices remained stable for tunid and squaliform species.

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

Presentation

Product

Price (EUR/kg)

% of variation

Week 14

Week 13

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

Fresh

Skin-on bonito

7.20

7.20

0

Fresh

Skinless bonito

8.90

8.90

0

Fresh

Shortfin mako

5.50

 

-

Fresh

Swordfish

18.90

18.90

0

Fresh

Blue shark

 

5.50

-

 Source: Mercamadrid

Italy

On Italian first-sale market prices of Atlantic albacore, bullet tuna, swordfish and picked dogfish declined.

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

6.04

7.75

7.30

10.58

-17

-27

Bullet tuna

3.08

6.17

3.83

7.58

-20

-19

Picked dogfish

9.05

9.79

9.31

9.69

-3

1

Swordfish

10.83

20.08

11.00

21.00

-2

-4

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

Markets

European Union

Imports of skipjack declined by 6,700 tonnes in 2014. Spain was the main importer, with a drop of 6,000 tonnes from 2013. The annual average price of improts was EUR 2.13/kg, down 43 cents on that of 2013.

Exports increased by 12,000 tonnes. Spain and France were the main exporters of the EU. In both countries, the volume of exports declined from those of 2013. The average price of these imports declined by EUR 0.41/kg.

The value of Spanish and French exports also dropped by 22% and 16% from those of 2013.

Table 9: Imports of frozen yellowfin (Thunnus albacares) by
the European Union countries, January-December 2013/2014

EU country

Volume (mt)

Average price (EUR/kg)

2014

2013

2014

2013

Germany

15

58

4.26

7.29

Austria

 

4

 

12.41

Belgium

518

69

2.29

7.23

Bulgaria

54

107

2.18

2.21

Cyprus

 

2

 

7.22

Croatia

 

125

 

2.91

Denmark

 

9

 

6.93

Slovaquia

 

5

 

14.83

Slovenia

 

1

 

8.72

Spain

78,778

84,987

1.98

2.39

Estonia

0

1

11.90

2.92

Finland

 

1

 

4.62

France

5,990

5,746

2.21

2.74

Greece

21

370

5.63

5.67

Italy

20,170

24,825

2.80

3.08

Letonia

0

4

4.40

5.05

Lithuania

1

2

6.74

8.58

Luxembourg

 

2

 

28.39

Malta

2

2

7.31

5.59

Netherlands

32

91

3.60

2.41

Poland

 

6

 

6.92

Portugal

8,078

4,010

1.82

2.14

United Kingdom

84

2

10.44

3.43

Czech Republic

16

15

7.08

10.21

Romania

 

5

 

6.94

Sweden

 

15

 

12.24

Average Total

113,758

120,461

2.13

2.56

 Source: Eurostat

Table 10: Exports of frozen yellowfin (Thunnus albacares) by
the European Union countries, January-December 2013/2014

EU country

Volume (mt)

Average price (EUR/kg)

2014

2013

2014

2013

Germany

28

154

13.60

14.34

Belgium

 

10

 

11.11

Croatia

3

 

8.39

 

Denmark

3

22

15.15

11.91

Slovenia

 

0

 

8.10

Spain

65,001

71,291

1.54

1.97

France

30,518

42,146

1.93

2.29

Greece

 

0

 

3.20

Italy

3

68

8.13

4.73

Letonia

1

2

9.82

9.18

Netherlands

 

69

 

10.30

Portugal

9,719

4,047

1.93

2.28

United Kingdom

134

22

14.48

6.66

Czech Republic

4

2

9.91

16.12

Romania

 

1

 

10.87

Average Total

105,415

117,835

1.71

2.12

  Source: Eurostat

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3. LATIN AMERICA

3.1 Argentina

Patagonian smoothhound (Mustelus schmitii)
Tope shark (Galeorhinus galeus)
Spiny dogfish (Squalus acanthias) and others

According to preliminary information of the SAGPyA, in February 2015 landed volumes of squaliform species reported 327.0 tonnes, up 19% on those of the previous month and 44% on those of February 2014.

Table 11: Squaliforms landed volumes,
February 2015, in tonnes

Species

Feb -15

Jan -15

Jan-Feb 15

Feb -14

Feb 15/14

Dogfish

32.2

61.2

-47%

18.5

74%

Patagonian smooth-hound

294.4

212.0

39%

208.2

41.4%

Tope shark

0.4

2.1

-81%

-

-

Source: SAGPyA

Graph 5: Patagonian smooth-hound landed volumes,
January – February 2011/2015, in tonnes and its percentage variation

Source: SAGPyA

Markets and prices

According to the National Customs Administration (ANA), during January-February 2015, exports totaled 25.8 tonnes of frozen smoothhound and tope shark, worth over USD 85,600 FOB. There were no exports of shark fillets.

Table 12: Exports of squaliform fillets, February

Product

Volume (MT)

Var. Volume

FOB value (thousands of USD)

Var. Value

2015

2014

2015

2014

Fillets

25.8

4.0

544%

85.600

20.4

319%

Source: ANA

The National Customs Administration updated figures on squaliform exports in 2014. In January-December 2014, they exported 156.5 tonnes of these species, worth USD 497,501 FOB.

Table 13: Exports of squaliforms fillets,
January-December 2014

Product

Volume (MT)

Var. Volume

FOB value (thousands of USD)

Var. Value

2014

2013

2014

2013

Fillets

156.5

129.5

21%

497.501

466.8

7%

Source: ANA

Destinations

Graph 6: Distribution of exports of smooth hound fillets,
January – December 2014

Source: ANA

Prices

Table 14: FOB reference prices of squaliform fillets,
March 2015

Species

Packing

Size

Price (USD/t)

Patagonian smooth-hound

Fillets IQF

500g/up

4,000

Tope shark

Fillets IQF

ungraded

3,000

Source: FIS.com

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By DGA, Juan Murias and Ignacio Bayley Bustamante

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