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Official data on bluefin tuna imports

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Wednesday, July 17, 2019, 00:30 (GMT + 9)

The average price at Customs of Japan of bluefin tuna or northern bluefin (Thunnus thynnus and Thunnus orientalis) and frozen southern bluefin  (Thunnus maccoyii) (HS 030345010, HS 030345020 and 030346000) in May was JPY 589/kg, down 71% on that of Aprilh and down 72% on that of the May 2018. During the first five months, the average price was JPY 1,495/kg, down 17% on that of the same period last year.

Imports of bluefin tuna in May were scarce and 87% came from Korea, at an average price of JPY 565/kg.

Graph 1: Average price at Customs of frozen bluefin Japanese imports (HS 030345000 and 030346000), 2015–2019, in JPY/kg

Graph 1: Average price at Customs of frozen bluefin Japanese imports (HS 030345000 and 030346000), 2015–2019, in JPY/kg

Source: Customs/FIS.com

Table 1: Income of frozen bluefin in Tokyo Central Fish Market, January-May 2019-2018, tonnes and average price JPY/kg

Month

Tonnes 2019

Average price JPY/kg 2019

Tonnes 2018

Average price JPY/kg 2018

Var. % 2019/2018

Tonnes

Average price

Januay

191

3,652

239

3,230

-20%

+13%

February

210

3,425

314

3,152

-33%

+9%

March

306

3,291

386

3,085

-21%

+7%

April

337

3,125

352

3,203

-4%

-2%

May

247

3,316

516

2,510

-52%

+32%

Total

1,291

3,328

1,578

3,195

-18%

+4%

Source: FIS.com

Table 2: Income of frozen bluefin in Tokyo Central Fish Market, January-May 2019-2018, tonnes and average price JPY/kg

Month

Tonnes 2019

Average price JPY/kg 2019

Tonnes 2018

Average price JPY/kg 2018

Var. % 2019/2018

Tonne

Average price

Januay

299

1,992

259

2,103

+15%

-5%

February

287

1,951

261

2,068

+10%

-6%

March

345

1,934

324

2,078

+6%

-7%

April

315

2,029

332

2,067

-5%

-2%

May

287

1,971

302

2,110

-5%

-7%

Total

1,533

1,975

1,478

2,085

+4%

+-5%

Source: FIS.com

In the reported month, 73 tonnes of frozen bluefin were imported for a value in Japanese customs of JPY 43 million, a drop of 68% in volume and of 91% in value compared with  the previous month, and 57% less in volume and 88% less in value than in May 2018.

Graph 2: Japanese imports of forzen bluefin (HS 030345000 y 030346000), 2015–2019

Graph 2: Japanese imports of forzen bluefin (HS 030345000 y 030346000), 2015–2019

Source: Customs/FIS.com

In the first five months of the year imports reached 1,077 tonnes and JPY 1,610 million.

Graph 3: Cumulative monthly Japanese imports of frozen bluefin (HS 030345000 y 030346000), in tonnes, 2015-2019

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-May period Korea sent 449 tonnes of frozen bluefin to Japan, worth JPY 696 million, followed by Taiwan (286 t) and Croatia (192 t).

Graph 4: Main exporters of frozen bluefin to Japan, January-May 2019, in tonnes

Graph 4: Main exporters of frozen bluefin to Japan, January-May 2019, in tonnes

Source: based on information provided by the Customs/FIS.com

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