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2012 Had Dramatic Drops In Thai Tuna Reaching Europe

European imports of canned tuna from Thailand took a significant drop last year compared to 2011. Thailand’s canned tuna export volume to the EU as a whole fell 37.8 percent year on year.

In 2011, Thailand shipped 8,437,376 cartons (48x185g cans) to the EU, which then sunk to 5,246,543 cartons last year. This result was fueled by a depressed import volume of Thai canned tuna by four of the main EU importing nations for this product; the UK, France, Italy and Spain. Together, these countries accounted for nearly 40 percent of the EU’s total import of canned tuna from Thailand last year. All four cut their imports from the Asian country by more than 44 percent from 2011 to 2012.

The UK, Thailand’s main market in Europe for canned tuna, displayed a dramatic fall in its import volume from the world’s largest processing nation. In 2012, UK imports were recorded by Eurostat data to weigh in at 1,289,831 cartons, a severe plummet of 44.8 percent from the previous year at 2,337,005 cartons.

And the trend filtered through the other countries too. Spain, importing the least Thai canned tuna out of the four, due to its healthy processing activities, cut its purchase from Thailand by a considerable 52 percent. Thailand’s exports of canned tuna to France and Italy also suffered decline, with the volume reaching these destinations dropping 50.4 percent and 44.9 percent respectively.