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Official customs data for tuna imports

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Thursday, September 12, 2019, 06:00 (GMT + 9)

Total imports of fresh and frozen tuna reached 18,906 tonnes in July, worth JPY 10,602 million at Japanese Customs. These figures are 40% higher in volume and 22% in value in relation to June, whereas compared to July of the previous year they grow 61% in volume and 22% in value.

Imports of fresh tuna registered 1,284 tonnes, worth JPY 1,832 million at Japanese Customs, up 37% in volume and 86% in value on those of the previous month and down 14% in volume and 12 in value on those of July 2018.

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

Species

Tonnes

Var. %

Million JPY

Var. %

Jan-Jul 2019

Jan-Jul 2018

Jan-Jul 2019

Jan-Jul 2018

White tuna

5

11

-55%

3

8

-63%

Yellowfin

1,893

2,089

-9%

1,826

2,224

-18%

Skipjack

0

0

-

0

0

-

Bigeye

1,433

1,839

-22%

1,702

2,194

-22%

Bluefin

2,654

2,611

+2%

5,257

4,899

+7%

Southern Bluefin

1,186

1,432

-17%

1,673

1,887

-11%

Total

7,171

7,982

-10%

10,461

11,212

-7%

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 17,622 tonnes, with a value of JPY 8,770 million.

These figures are 40% higher in volume and 19% in value compared to last month while compared to July 2018 they grow 72% in volume and 33% in value.

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

Species

Tonnes

Var. %

Million JPY

Var. %

Jan-Jul 2019

Jan-Jul 2018

Jan-Jul 2019

Jan-Jul 2018

White tuna

4,296

5,209

-18%

1,783

1,881

-5%

Yellowfin

28,547

30,135

-5%

14,063

15,473

-9%

Skipjack

17,833

15,814

+13%

2,795

2,541

+10%

Bigeye

31,476

32,014

-2%

24,454

26,433

-7%

Bluefin

671

426

+58%

1,164

799

+46%

Southern Bluefin

1,280

937

+37%

1,710

1,332

+28%

Total

84,103

84,535

-1%

45,969

48,459

-5%

Source: Japanese Customs/FIS.com

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

Source: Japanese Customs/FIS.com 

 

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