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Surimi import: Prices and markets

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Monday, October 07, 2019, 05:40 (GMT + 9)

Prices

The average CIF price at Customs of Japanese imports of Alaska pollock surimi or (Gadus chalcogrammus) in August was JPY 343/kg, value 8% lower than the previous month and 8% higher to August last year. The average price at Customs of itoyori surimi during the analysed month was JPY 338/kg, similar on that of the previous month and up 3% on that of August 2018.

Table 1: Average prices of surimi at Japan Customs, in JPY/kg CIF

Type

Origin

Aug/19

Jul/19

Aug/18

Var. % Aug/19 Jul/19

Var. % Aug/19 Ago/18

Alaska pollock

United States

343

373

318

-8%

+8%

Itoyori

Thailand

360

361

366

0%

-2%

Itoyori

Indonesia

308

325

-

-5%

-

Itoyori

Myanmar

255

260

-

-2%

-

Itoyori

India

330

354

344

-7%

-4%

Other

United States

313

332

297

-6%

+5%

Source: Customs/FIS.com

Markets

In August the Japanese customs figures indicated that surimi imports were 8,618 tonnes worth JPY 2,930 million.

These figures are up 56% in volume and 49% in value on those of the previous month and down 29% in volume and 24% in value on those of August 2018.

Graph 1: Evolution of Japanese imports of surimi, 2015/2019, in tonnes

Graph 1: Evolution of Japanese imports of surimi, 2015/2019, in tonnes

Source: Japanese Customs/FIS.com

Graph 2: Japanese imports of surimi, cumulative monthly, in tonnes, 2015/2019

Graph 2: Japanese imports of surimi, cumulative monthly, in tonnes, 2015/2019

Source: Japanese Customs/FIS.com

Imports of Alaska pollock surimi (Gadus chalcogrammus) in the first eight months of the year total 59,232 tonnes and JPY 22,055 million, 8% lower volume and 4% more in value than in the same period from the previous year. Imports of itoyori surimi reached 11,936 tonnes and JPY 4,038 million, down 13% in volume and 12% value on those of the previous year.

Imports of other surimis (Pacific cod) were down 4%, 4,235 tonnes.

Alaskan pollock surimi (Gadus chalcogrammus) came entirely from the United States, while Itoyori came mostly from Thailand (5,020 tonnes) and India (2,776 tonnes).

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