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Australia raises tuna imports from ASEAN
August 11, 2017, 09:32 AM
(seafood.vasep.com.vn) Australia currently imported low value tuna products such as frozen and canned tuna fillets, such as skipjack. Main suppliers are from Asian countries, including Vietnam.

In the first three months of this year, tuna imports into Australia totaled 14 thousand MT, worth by US$67 million, up 24% in volume and 29% in value. Imports of tuna items into Australia during this period increased over the same period.

Australia currently imported tuna from 22 countries and territories around the world, which most of them are from ASEAN countries. Thanks to geographical advantages, tuna imports from ASEAN countries into Australia picked up the main share of nearly 99% of the country's total tuna imports. In the first three months of this year, tuna imports from ASEAN into the market hit 14,000 MT with the value of US$65 million, up 23.8% in volume and 27.4% in value over the same period in 2016. Of that, Thailand, Indonesia and Vietnam stayed as top three largest single exporters of tuna to the country with the market shares of 89%, 9% and 1%, respectively.

In QI/2017, Australia increased imports of tuna from other countries, especially from Vietnam, Italy, Maldives and Tonga. However, thanks to the advantage of low tuna prices, exports of ASEAN countries will take up the major proportion in this market.

TUNA IMPORTS INTO AUSTRALIA BY MARKETS

Suppliers

Volume (kg)

Value (Thousand US$)

Jan-Mar 2016

Jan-Mar 2017

Variation (%)

Jan-Mar 2016

Jan-Mar 2017

Variation (%)

ASEAN

11,368,762

14,079,775

23.8

51,349

65,437

27.4

Thailand

10,137,976

12,706,569

25.3

44,708

57,270

28.1

Indonesia

1,151,688

1,237,510

7.5

6,337

7,258

14.5

Vietnam

19,942

113,600

469.7

119

820

589.1

Italy

7,640

36,645

379.6

78

321

311.5

Maldives

3,993

35,178

781

37

423

1,043.2

China

15,147

15,146

0

17

20

17.6

Tonga

2,056

14,833

621.4

19

210

1,005.3

Solomon Islands

0

14,428

 

0

54

 

South Korea

12,050

14,117

17.2

64

72

12.5

Others

23,686

29,578

24.9

388

438

12.9

Total

11,433,334

14,239,700

24.5

51,952

66,975

28.9

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