This report focuses on harvests, imports and prices of bluefin tuna in Japan.
Northern bluefin tuna (Thunnus thynnus and Thunnus orientalis)
Southern bluefin tuna (Thunnus maccoyii)
The average CIF price of frozen bluefin (HS 030345000 and 030346000) imported by Japan in July was JPY 1,417/kg, down 47% on that of June and up 2% on that of July 2017. During the seven months, the average was JPY 1,564/kg, up 30% on that of the same period in the previous year.
Graph 1: Average price at Customs of frozen bluefin Japanese imports,
(HS 030345000 and 030346000), 2014–2018, in JPY/kg
During the month analysed , imports of frozen bluefin reported 837 tonnes, worth almost JPY 1,186 million, at Japan Customs, up 33% in volume and 36% in value on those of July 2017.
Graph 2: Japanese imports of frozen bluefin
(HS 030345000 and 030346000), 2014–2018
During the seven months of the year, imports reached 1,362 tonnes worth JPY 2,130 million, up 9% in volume and 41% in value on those of the same period in 2017.
Graph 3: Cumulative monthly Japanese imports of frozen northern bluefin
(HS 030345000 and 030346000), in tonnes, 2014-2018
Source: Japanese Customs
During the seven months, Australia sent 818 tonnes of frozen bluefin to Japan, worth JPY 1,166 million. The 818 tonnes sent by Australia arrived in Japan in July, at an average price of JPY 1,426/kg.
Graph 4: Main exporters of frozen bluefin to Japan,
January-February 2018, in tonnes
Source: based on Japanese Customs information