Auction representative marking the tunas with red paint as traditionally done in Japan
Oficial data of frozen bluefin tuna imports: Prices and markets
Wednesday, September 18, 2019, 21:00 (GMT + 9)
The average price in Japan Customs of frozen bluefin (Thunnus maccoyii, Thunnus thynnus and Thunnus orientalis) (HS 030345010, HS 030345020 and 030346000) in July was JPY 1,397/kg, down 15% on that of June and down 1% on that of the July 2018. In the first seven months, the price average was JPY 1,466/kg, down 6% 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, 754 tonnes of frozen bluefin were imported, worth almost JPY 1,053 million, down 10% in volume and 11% in value than in the previous month.
In July Japan received 741 tonnes of southern bluefin (Thunnus maccoyii) of Australian origin, at an average price of JPY 1,383 / kg
Graph 2: Japanese imports of frozen bluefin tuna (HS 030345000 y 030346000), 2015–2019
In the first seven months of the year imports reached 1,952 tonnes and JPY 2,862 million.
Graph 3: Cumulative monthly Japanese imports of frozen bluefin tuna (HS 030345000 y 030346000), in tonnes, 2015-2019
Source: Japanese Customs/FIS.com
In the January-July period Australia sent 869 tonnes of frozen bluefin to Japan, worth JPY 1,233 million, followed by Korea (487 t) and Taiwan (287 t).
Graph 4: Main exporters of frozen bluefin tuna to Japan, January-July 2019, in tonnes
Source: based on information provided by the Customs/FIS.com