From mid-April to date, overall skipjack tuna raw material prices have dropped by USD200 per tonne.
By Estela Cuesta由埃斯特拉古斯塔撰写 Published: 09 May 2019出版：2019年5月9日
April’s price downtrend for skipjack raw material tuna in key hubsBangkokand Manta was not enough to kickstart demand, as some industry sources were pondering, and prices continue to fall in May.
IEG Vu sources still think that raw skipjack tuna prices could fall further
Price talks inBangkok’s market are currently close to USD1,300 per tonne fob, a sharp drop from the USD1,500/tonne reached in April. A deal of USD1,350/tonne for May deliveries has been confirmed.
“One trader admitted there is a serious problem landing fish at the moment in Bangkok because of very limited cold storage capacity. “They are trying to sell at USD1,400/tonne but big canners are trying to squeeze it down to USD1,300/tonne,” a local industry source added. “一名商人承认，由于冷藏能力非常有限，目前在曼谷捕到鱼存在严重问题。当地一位业内人士补充称:“他们试图以每吨1,400美元的价格出售，但大型罐头商正试图将价格降至每吨1,300美元。”
“I believe prices will bottom out at USD1,300/tonne unless captures are exceptional,” a second local industry source noted. “It will then move up from June and then drop again from December onwards. El Ni?o will also have an impact.”
Meantime, falling prices were also noted in Manta’s tuna hub,Ecuador, where some shipments have recently been made at USD1,450/tonne (USD1,650/tonne in mid-April), IEG Vu learned at the Seafood Expo Global exhibition held inBrusselsthis week.
Cold storage raw material supply is adequate for now inBangkok, Manta andJapan, local sources confirmed, with many other sources saying prices are still likely to drop slightly.