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Official data for fresh and frozen import tuna

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Wednesday, November 20, 2019, 16:40 (GMT + 9)

Total imports of fresh and frozen tuna (Katsuwonus pelamis,Thunnus alalunga, Thunnus albacares, Thunnus thynnus, Thunnus obesus) reached 15,710 tonnes in September, worth JPY 11,189 million. These figures are 1% lower in volume and 6% in value in relation to August while compared to September of the previous year they grow 8% in volume and fall 3% in value.

Imports of fresh tuna in the month were 952 t with a value in Japanese customs of JPY 1,487 million, figure 4% lower in volume and 1% in value compared to the previous month and 9% less in volume and 11% less in value against September 2018.

Table 1: Japanese imports of fresh tuna, 2019/2018

Species

Tonnes

Var. %

Million JPY

Var. %

Jan-Sep 2019

Jan -Sep 2018

Jan-Sep 2019

Jan -Sep 2018

White tuna

23

31

-26%

16

21

-24%

Yellowfin

2,323

2,589

-10%

2,298

2,765

-17%

Skipjack

0

0

-

0

0

-

Bigeye

1,930

2,412

-20%

2,217

2,836

-22%

Bluefin

3,306

3,514

-6%

6,745

6,971

-3%

Southern Bluefin

1,532

1,828

-16%

2,139

2,440

-12%

Total

9,114

10,374

-12%

13,415

15,033

-11%

Source: Japanese Customs/FIS.com

Graph 1: Japanese imports of fresh tuna, 2015/2019

Graph 1: Japanese imports of fresh tuna, 2015/2019

Source: Japanese Customs/FIS.com

As regards frozen tuna, imports during the month reported 14,758 tonnes, with a value of JPY 9,701 million.

These figures are similar in volume and 7% higher in value compared to the previous month, while compared to September 2018, they rise 9% in volume and fall 2% in value.

Table 2: Japanese imports of frozen tuna, 2019/2018

Species

Tonnes

Var. %

Million JPY

Var. %

Jan-Sep 2019

Jan -Sep 2018

Jan-Sep 2019

Jan -Sep 2018

White tuna

6,118

8,487

-28%

2,581

3,206

-19%

Yellowfin

34,881

36,865

-5%

16,614

18,821

-12%

Skipjack

24,439

18,924

29%

3,689

3,051

21%

Bigeye

39,819

39,346

1%

30,226

32,402

-7%

Bluefin

673

426

58%

1,168

799

46%

Southern Bluefin

7,759

8,144

-5%

10,449

11,122

-6%

Total

113,689

112,192

1%

64,727

69,401

-7%

Source: Japanese Customs/FIS.com

Graph 2: Japanese imports of frozen tuna, 2015/2019

Graph 2: Japanese imports of frozen tuna, 2015/2019

Source: Japanese Customs/FIS.com

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