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Japan’s major ports report over 1.1 million TEUs in December 2023


In the last month of the previous year, Japan’s six major ports collectively handled 1.17 million TEUs, reflecting a slight decrease of 0.5% compared to the same month of 2022.

This was the third consecutive month of year-on-year contraction. Export volumes saw a modest increase of 1.9% to reach 619,415 TEUs, while imports experienced a decline of 3.1% to 552,103 TEUs.

Breaking down the numbers, Tokyo’s port handled 353,617 TEUs, a decrease of 5.7%, comprising 178,764 TEUs of exports (down 1.3%) and 174,952 TEUs of imports (down 9.8%).

Conversely, Kawasaki saw a significant improvement of 10.2%, processing 8,356 TEUs, with both outbound and inbound containers registering a growth of 6.2% and 15.1% respectively.

Yokohama also experienced positive container traffic, with a 4.8% increase to 243,184 TEUs. This consisted of 131,238 TEUs of exports (up 4.7%) and 111,946 TEUs of imports (up 4.9%). Nagoya saw throughput rise by 5.2% to 220,681 TEUs, with outgoing shipments up by 5.6% and incoming shipments up by 4.8%.

Moreover, Osaka’s throughput improved by 1% to 163,594 TEUs, driven by a 4.7% increase in exports but offset by a 2.5% decrease in imports. Meanwhile, container traffic to and from Kobe declined by 4.8% to 181,197 TEUs, with exports down by 2.1% and imports down by 8%.

Souce: Container News

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