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Bluefin tuna imports data

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Wednesday, June 19, 2019, 16:10 (GMT + 9)

Northern bluefin tuna (Thunnus thynnus and Thunnus orientalis)


Southern bluefin tuna (Thunnus maccoyii)

The average CIF price of fresh bluefin imported by Japan in April was JPY 2,049/kg, 7% higher than last month and 3% higher than April 2018. In the first four-month period of the year it averages JPY 1,877/kg, 9% more than in the same period of the previous year.

The main suppliers in the month were Mexico, with 311 tonnes at JPY 2,141/kg and New Xealand, with 82 tonnes at JPY 1,806

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

Origin

Average price at Customs (JPY/kg)

% Variation

Apr/19

Mar/19

Apr/18

Apr/19 Mar/19

Apr/19 Apr/18

Spain

2,927

2,503

2,544

+17%

+15%

Italy

2,578

-

-

-

-

Malta

-

2,476

-

-

-

Greece

2,032

-

2,193

-

-7%

Turkey

-

-

-

-

-

USA

-

-

2,625

-

-

Mexico

2,141

-

2,054

-

+4%

Australia (SBFT)

1,554

1,643

1,450

-5%

+7%

Source: Japanese Customs/FIS.com

Graph 1: Average customs price of Japanese imports of fresh bluefin, 2015/2019, in JPY/kg

Graph 1: Average customs price of Japanese imports of fresh bluefin, 2015/2019, in JPY/kg

Source: Customs/FIS.com

In April, about 449 tonnes of fresh bluefin were imported, worth JPY 920 million at Japan Customs.

These figures are down 14% in volume and 9% in value on those registered in the previous month. Compared with April 2018, imports they are down 6% in volume and 4% in value.

Graph 2: Japanese imports of fresh bluefin, 2015/2019

Graph 2: Japanese imports of fresh bluefin, 2015/2019

Source: Customs/FIS.com

In the first four-month period of the year 1,912 tonnes were imported for JPY 3,588 million, 3% more in volume and 10% in value than in the same period last year.

Graph 3: Cumulative monthly Japanese imports of fresh northern bluefin, 2015/2019, in tonnes

Graph 3: Cumulative monthly Japanese imports of fresh northern bluefin, 2015/2019, in tonnes

Source: Japanese Customs/FIS.com

The main supplier of northern bluefin (Thunnus thynnus and/or Thunnus orientalis) was Mexico during the period, with 1,347 tonnes and JPY 2,789 million.

Graph 4: Imports of fresh southern bluefin, accumulated monthly, 2015/2019, in tonnes

Graph 4: Imports of fresh southern bluefin, accumulated monthly, 2015/2019, in tonnes

Source: Japanese Customs/FIS.com

The main origin of fresh southern bluefin was New Zealand, 136 tons for JPY 254 million.

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