Overview of Moscow's freshfrozen fish market as per third week of September 2009

September 18, 2009 13:54

As per the third week of September 2009 trade in freshfrozen seafood in Moscow has shown mixed price trends, analysts of www.fishnet-russia.com (www.fishnet.ru) concluded after analyzing the current situation on the market.

As per 14 September 2009 Russia's total harvest of finfish and other aquatic species amounted to 2,618,600 tonnes, 285,000 tonnes up on the corresponding result of 2008. The TACs were covered at 66%, 12.2% up on the corresponding result of last year.

The Iturup Island pink and chum salmon fisheries have become the first in Russia to achieve Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification for sustainable and well-managed fisheries. These fisheries are managed by the Russian government and by ZAO Gidrostroy (closed jsc) owning and operating the fishing, processing and shipment operations for much of the salmon at Iturup Island, which is the largest of the Kuril Islands off the Pacific Coast of Russia.

In the third week of September 2009 Russia's Federal Fisheries Agency has been planning to organize fish purchases in order to support the nation's fishermen. Russia's Agricultural Bank has agreed to allocate a soft credit worth RUB1 billion. At the first stage of the project two companies - National Fish Resources and Dalmoreproduct - will purchase 50,000 tonnes of pink salmon to be shipped from the Russian Far East to the nation's central regions. Towards that end there have already been found free coldstore facilities in Tatarstan and Moscow region.

Russia's Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance Rosselkhoznadzor has informed that importation of seafood products to the territory of the Russian Federation is allowed via the checkpoint of MAPP Bagrationovsk (Kaliningrad Oblast).

Besides, the Russian vets have included into the list of approved seafood production plants more companies from Denmark, Spain, Greece, the UK, Finland, Norway and Australia.

In general, the third week of September 2009 showed strengthening prices for blue whiting against decreasing prices for pangasius fillets, Norwegian and Chilean salmon and trout, Atlantic herring, mackerel, capelin, Canadian and US hake, cold and warmwater shrimp.

Pink salmon and chum salmon

According to the market participants, as per 14 September 2009 the demand for high quality products from processors in Moscow and other regions of Russia remained stably strong. The prices for pink salmon harvested in Kamchatka (the fish having fairly low quality), in Moscow amounted to RUB45.00-49.00 per kilo.

The offered price amounts to RUB44 per kilo in cash for large volumes but the general quality of such fish is bad. The price of pink salmon of better quality originating from the Kuriles reaches the level RUB53.00-55.00 per kilo.

Whole pink salmon in transit to coldstore is sold at RUB45.00 per kilo and more. The price of the pink salmon ex-coldstore amounts to about RUB48.00 - 54.00 per kilo.

Chum salmon head-on, gutted in transit to coldstore is offered at ca.RUB82.00 per kilo while chum salmon headless, gutted is offered at RUB 88.00 - 90.00 per kilo. There have been no real volumes of chum salmon in stock for sale yet. The chum salmon supply is expected to increase in October 2009.

Caviar/roe

In the third week of September 2009 the caviar and roe market as well as the salmon market has been struck by evident price tendency. More specifically, the low quality products have been sold at decreasing prices while the caviar of higher premium quality is marketed at stable prices.

The offer price of salted salmon caviar made in 2009 in glass jars or in bulk amounts to RUB800.00 - 850.00 per kilo. Lower quality caviar in tin jars is offered at RUB750.00 per kilo.

Atlantic salmon and trout

In the third week of September 2009 the prices of the frozen Atlantic salmon and trout from Norway and Chile have continued to decrease on Moscow's market.

More specifically, Norwegian salmon SUPERIOR has been offered in Moscow from RUB245.00 per kilo of the size 4-5, from RUB255.00 per kilo of the size 5-6, from RUB265.00 per kilo of the size 6-7, from RUB275.00 per kilo of the size 7-8 and from RUB305.00 per kilo of the size 8-9.

Chilean salmon PREMIUM has been marketed from RUB230.00 per kilo of the size 4-5, from RUB255.00 per kilo of the size 5-6, from RUB260.00 per kilo of the size 6-7 and from RUB265.00 per kilo of the size 7-8.

Chilean salmon INDUSTRIAL has been traded from RUB210.00 per kilo of the size 4-5, from RUB235.00 per kilo of the size 5-6, from RUB240.00 per kilo of the size 6-7 and from RUB245.00 per kilo of the size 7-8.

As per the third week of September 2009 Norwegian trout SUPERIOR has been offered in Moscow at following prices: from RUB250.00 per kilo of the size 0.9-1.8, from RUB255.00 per kilo of the size 1.8-2.7, from RUB275.00 per kilo of the size 2.7-3.6, from RUB280.00 per kilo of the size 3.6-4.5, and from RUB290.00 per kilo of the sizes 4.5+.

Chilean trout PREMIUM has been available in Moscow from RUB225.00 per kilo of the size 0.9-1.8, from RUB230.00 per kilo of the size 1.8-2.7, from RUB235.00 per kilo of the size 2.7-3.6, from RUB240.00 per kilo of the size 3.6-4.5 and from RUB290.00 per kilo of the size 4.5+.

Rainbow trout of various sizes from Spain has been sold in Moscow from RUB205.00 per kilo.

Herring

The Russian fishery of Atlanto-Scandian herring has been gathering momentum.

In the course of the week from 7 to 14 September 2009 the harvest of Atlanto-Scandian herring slightly decreased to 10,521 tonnes. The bulk of fish products coming in the Russian North Fisheries Basin was contributed by w/r herring 200 - 300, followed by poorly graded herring classified as large and fat 300+. In the West Fisheries Basin the dominating product was poorly graded herring classified as large and fat.

As per the third week of September the offer prices in Saint-Petersburg amounted to ca.RUB23.00-24.50 per kilo of the size 200-300 and ca.RUB28.00-31.00 per kilo of the size 300+.

Norwegian herring has been offered in Saint Petersburg at the following prices: from RUB28.50 per kilo of the size 200-300, at RUB27.50-28.50 per kilo of the size 250+, from RUB34.00 per kilo of the size 300+, at RUB54.00 per kilo of the size 350+.

In Moscow Norwegian herring has been available at RUB30.00 per kilo of the size 200-300, at RUB38.00-44.00 per kilo of the size 300+ and at RUB55.00-58.00 per kilo of the size 350+.

Norwegian butterfly herring fillets 5-8 have been traded in Saint-Petersburg from RUB58.00 per kilo, ex-coldstore, and the count 6-10 has been offered correspondingly at RUB56.00 and the sizes 8-12 at RUB50.00 per kilo.

Icelandic herring fillets 6 -10 has been offered at RUB56.50 per kilo in Moscow.

Mackerel

As per the third week of September 2009, the situation on mackerel market has been characterized by strengthening competition of exporters, consequently, the prices of the products have been decreasing.

Prices for Norwegian mackerel from large importer in Saint Petersburg amount to RUB85.00 per kilo of the size 400-600 and from RUB130.00 per kilo of the size 600+. In Moscow the sizes 300-500 and 400 - 600 have been offered correspondingly at RUB82.00 per kilo and RUB86.50, the size 600+ has been marketed at a price RUB130 - 140.00 per kilo.

Irish mackerel has been traded from RUB.115.00 per kilo of the size 600+ in Saint Petersburg.

Scottish mackerel has been marketed in Saint Petersburg at the following prices: from RUB89.00 to RUB90.00 per kilo of the size 300-500, at RUB82.00 per kilo of the size 400-600 and at RUB117.00 per kilo of the size 600+. In Moscow the size 400-600 has been offered at RUB105.00-110.00 per kilo.

Icelandic mackerel headed has been traded in Saint- Petersburg from RUB59.00 to RUB62.00 per kilo of the size 200-400 and at RUB87.00-90.00 per kilo of the size 300+ and at RUB92.00 per kilo of the size 350+. In Moscow the sizes 200 - 400 have been offered at ca. RUB66.00 per kilo, 300+ at ca.92.00 - 94.00 per kilo.

Russian headed mackerel has been offered ex-coldstore in Saint Petersburg from RUB57.00 to RUB65.00 per kilo of the size 200-300 and 200 - 400 depending on the producer. Mackerel 200-400 w/r has been offered at RUB41.00 per kilo, 300 - 600 at ca. 50.00 - 53.00 per kilo and 300+ at RUB88.00 per kilo. There are plenty of offers on the market.

In Moscow mackerel made by Murmansk Trawl Fleet has been traded from RUB57.00 per kilo of the size 300-, at RUB90.00 per kilo of the size 300+, and at RUB100.00 per kilo of the size 400+ for sales from 20 tonnes.

Baltic herring, Baltic sprat

As per the third week of September 2009 the situation on the Baltic sprat market has been stable.

More specifically, Estonian sprat 10-12 cm has been sold at RUB23.50-25.00 per kilo ex-coldstore in Moscow.

Swedish sprat 10-12 cm has been available from RUB28.00 per kilo.

Latvian sprat 10-12 has been sold at RUB24.50 per kilo.

Caspian sprat 10-12 has been offered at RUB35.00 per kilo.

As per the third week of September 2009, prices for Baltic herring have remained comparably stable.

Swedish herring has been offered ex-coldstore in Moscow from RUB30.00 per kilo of the size 14-18.

Estonian herring has been marketed ex-coldstore in Moscow at RUB24.50 per kilo of the size 12-16.

Finnish herring has been traded at RUB25.00-27.00 per kilo of the size 12-15 cm.

Capelin

As per the third week of September 2009, there has been good supply of capelin at prices of RUB17.00 - 25.00 per kilo. Roe capelin for smoking has been traded in Murmansk at ca. RUB25.00 per kilo and this category has been in stable demand. Capelin of low quality not for processing has been decreasing in price.

More specifically, in Saint Petersburg Norwegian capelin has been available at following prices: RUB32.00-35.00 per kilo of the count 25-35, RUB28.00 - 32.00 per kilo of the count 30-40, RUB26.00-27.00 per kilo of the count 40-50 and RUB17.00 per kilo of the count 55-60.

In Moscow prices for the Norwegian capelin have been as follows: RUB33.00-35.00 per kilo of the count 30-40, RUB33.00 per kilo of the count 35-45 and RUB29.00-32.00 per kilo of the count 40-50.

Icelandic capelin 30-40 has been offered at RUB33.00 per kilo in Saint Petersburg and at RUB34.00 per kilo in Moscow.

There have also been offers of Canadian capelin at RUB38.00 per kilo of the size 30-40 and RUB39.00 per kilo of the count 25-35 in Saint Petersburg subject to prepayment.

The Russian capelin made by ATF has been traded at RUB26.00-27.00 per kilo of the count 30-40 ex-coldstore in Moscow region subject to prepayment. Russian capelin made by Murmansk Trawl Fleet has been offered at RUB18.00 - 20.00 per kilo ex-coldstore in Moscow of the sizes 50 - 60, at RUB22.00 - 24.00 per kilo of the sizes 40 - 50 and at RUB26.00 - 32.00 per kilo of the sizes 30 - 40.

Blue whiting

As per the third week of September 2009 the prices for blue whiting have continued rising.

In Murmansk the offer prices for blue whiting have grown to RUB28.00 - 28.50 per kilo.

In Saint Petersburg blue whiting has been traded at ca.RUB28.50-30.00 per kilo.

In Moscow the fish has been sold at RUB29.00-30.00 per kilo.

There are also offers of blue whiting backs made by Murmansk Trawl Fleet at RUB50.00 per kilo, while blue whiting fillets have been marketed at RUB52.00 per kilo for the lots from 20 tonnes.

Alaska pollock

As per the third week of September 2009 the pollock fishery in the Russian Far East has continued progressing. During the week from 7 to 14 September 2009 the Russian vessels harvested 21,501 tonnes of pollock. In general since the beginning of the year 2009 the Russian fleets harvested nearly 980,000 tonnes of pollock.

The price of Russian pollock has been comparably stable. In Vladivostok headed pollock 25+ has been sold from RUB46.00 - 48.00 per kilo, while the headed pollock in Moscow ex-coldstore have been traded at RUB58.00 per kilo for sizes 25+, sizes 30+ and 35+ have been marketed from RUB58.50-59.00 per kilo and from RUB59.50-60.00 per kilo correspondingly.

Skinned Chinese pollock fillets IQF have been sold ex-coldstore in Moscow from RUB71.00-73.00 per kilo of the count 6 - 8 and at RUB72.00-75.00 per kilo of the count 8+, large wholesale.

Hake

As per the third week of September, the hake market has been showing decreasing price trends. Hake exporters speak about demand decrease in EU - countries. They have to reduce prices in the situation of strong competition from other white fish species on the market. The prices on the Russian market have also been decreasing.

HGT hake interleaved of USA origin has been offered ex-coldstore in Saint Petersburg at RUB76.00-82.00 per kilo of the size 300-500. Canadian hake 300 - 500 has been offered in Saint-Petersburg from RUB78.00 per kilo.

Prices for American HGT hake in Moscow amount to RUB83.00-87.00 per kilo of block-frozen products and at RUB92.00-97.00 per kilo of IQF products.

The HGT hake IQF from Uruguay 150 - 300 has been offered at RUB82.00 - 84.00 per kilo, at RUB105.00 per kilo of the size 500+, meat in cubes has been offered at RUB71.00 per kilo.

Ecuadorian hake meat in cubes and discs has been offered at RUB72.00-77.00 per kilo.

Argentinean HGT hake has been marketed in Saint Petersburg at RUB100.00 per kilo of the size 500-800, while hake fillets 320+ have been available at RUB153.00 per kilo, sizes of 200+ has been offered at RUB145.00 per kilo, 180+ at RUB120.00 per kilo.

Chinese hake fillets skin-on have been sold ex-coldstore in Moscow at RUB80.00-88.00 per kilo of the count 6-8 and from RUB81.00-91.00 per kilo of the count 8+.

Squid

During the week from 7 to 14 September 2009 the total Russian harvest of B.magister squid decreased to 4,272 tonnes. Since the beginning of the season through to 14 September 2009 the vessels owned by BAMR-Roliz harvested ca.23,544 tonnes of squid in the Northwest Pacific waters.

As per the third week of September 2009, the market prices for magister squid have remained comparably stable.

Squid harvested by NBAMR has been available ex-coldstore in Moscow at RUB71.00-73.00 per kilo. Squid made by Okeanrybflot and NBAMR has been available at RUB68.00 per kilo cash against goods, while squid made by NBAMR in transit has been offered at RUB69.00 per kilo. Double-frozen skinned squid fillets made by Okeanrybflot have been sold at RUB100.00 per kilo, while interleaved fillets have been sold at RUB110.00 per kilo.

Fillets of giant squid from Peru have been offered in Moscow at RUB35.00 per kilo.

Fillets of giant squid from Chile have been sold ex-coldstore in Saint Petersburg at RUB38.00-40.00 per kilo.

Cleaned squid tubes U10 of the Chinese origin have been traded from RUB80.00 per kilo.

Saury

In the Russian Far East the saury fishery has been marked by unpleasant situation. During the week from 7 to 14 September only 1,424 tonnes of saury have been harvested. Far East market participants speak about almost complete absence of harvests.

The prices of saury 29+ frozen in the air of high quality in Vladivostok amount to ca. RUB42.00 - 45.00 per kilo.

Pangasius

As per the third week of September 2009 the prices on the pangasius market have been decreasing.

Large importers have been offering pangasius at a price of RUB80.00 - 82.00 per kilo.

The majority of offers from importers amount to RUB88.00 per kilo. On average in Moscow most of the traders have offered pangasius fillets 220+ at a price ca. RUB90.00 - 93.00 per kilo.

Tilapia

As per the third week of September 2009 Moscow's tilapia market situation has not practically changed. The prices have continued decreasing.

More specifically, Chinese fillets of tilapia have been offered ex-coldstore both in Moscow and in Saint Petersburg from RUB94.00 per kilo of the count 3-5 subject to prepayment. The count 5-7 has been sold at RUB98.00 per kilo. Cash on delivery prices amount to ca. RUB100.00 per kilo of the count 3-5 and RUB103.00 per kilo of the count 5-7.

HGT tilapia has been offered at RUB96.00 per kilo of the size 500-800 and at RUB100.00 per kilo of the size 800+.

Shrimp

As per the third week of September 2009 the shrimp market has been showing stable/negative price trends both for warmwater and northern shrimps

Frozen northern shrimp from Denmark has been sold at RUB110.00-120.00 per kilo of the count 50/70, at RUB85.00-110.00 per kilo of the count 70/90 and at RUB103.00-115.00 per kilo of the count 90/120.

Head-on white shimp Vannamei from Thailand has been marketed at RUB180.00 per kilo of the count 51-60, at RUB190.00 per kilo of the count 41-50 and at RUB210.00 per kilo of the count 31-40.

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