The Pacific bluefin tuna (Thunnus orientalis) is a predatory species of tuna found widely in the northern Pacific Ocean
Official data for fresh and frozen import 0f bluefin tuna
Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 17:40 (GMT + 9)
The average CIF price of frozen bluefin (Thunnus maccoyii, Thunnus thynnus and Thunnus orientalis) (HS 030345000 and 030346000) imported by Japan in September was JPY 1,321/kg, down 5% on that of August and similar on that of the September 2018. In the first nine months, the average was JPY 1,376/kg, down 1% on that of the same period in 2018.
Graph 1: Average price at Customs of frozen bluefin Japanese imports (HS 030345000 and 030346000), 2015–2019, in JPY/kg
During the month analysed, 3,674 tonnes of frozen bluefin were imported, worth almost JPY 4,854 million, up 31% in volume and 25% in value compared to the previous month.
In September Japan received 3,482 t of southern bluefin of Australian origin, at an average price of JPY 1,343/kg.
Graph 2: Japanese imports of forzen bluefin (HS 030345000 y 030346000), 2015–2019
In the first nine months of the year imports reached 8,432 tonnes and JPY 11,605 million.
Graph 3: Cumulative monthly Japanese imports of frozen bluefin (HS 030345000 y 030346000), in tonnes, 2015-2019
Source: Japanese Customs/FIS.com
In the January-September period Australia sent 7,155 tonnes of frozen bluefin to Japan, worth JPY 8,794 million, followed by Korea (487 t) and Taiwan (479 t).
Graph 4: Main exporters of frozen bluefin to Japan, January-September 2019, in tonnes
Source: based on information provided by Japanses Customs/FIS.com