The number of foreign trade containers handled by Japan's Port of Yokohama increased for the fourth month in a row in August, and 2.3 percent on-year, to 262,049 TEUs, according to preliminary figures released by the Yokohama municipal government.
Overall containerized exports grew 2.4 percent to 137,909 TEUs, while imports increased 2.2 percent to 124,140 TEUs. Exports to the United States grew 9 percent to 10,777 TEUs, while imports from the U.S. surged 15.7 percent to 37,445 TEUs.
The port handled about 7.78 million tons of cargo in foreign trade in August, up 3.1 percent from August 2007. Exports declined 3.6 percent to 3.87 million tons, but imports grew at a robust pace of 10.8 percent to 3.91 million tons.
The government report did offer detailed analysis.
Foreign trade from January to August totaled 62.09 million tons, up 2.4 percent from the previous-year period. Exports were up 6.8 percent at 32.48 million tons, but imports fell 2 percent to 29.61 million tons.
The port handled 4.09 million tons of containerized foreign trade cargo in August, up 0.9 percent on-year. Exports grew 3.1 percent to 2.15 million tons, but imports weakened 1.4 percent to 1.94 million tons.
The volume of containerized foreign trade from January through August totaled 34.51 million tons, up 1.5 percent. Exports rose 6.7 percent to 18.05 million tons, but imports dropped 3.7 percent to 16.46 million tons.
The volume of containerized exports to the U.S. plunged 13.5 percent in August on-year to 163,581 tons, while imports improved 15.6 percent to 442,983 tons.
January-August volume of container exports to the U.S. totaled 1.73 million tons, down 5.9 percent, while imports amounted to 3.46 million tons, down 4 percent.
Total foreign trade containers handled between January and August totaled 2,195,514 TEUs, up 3.6 percent. Exports were up 5.2 percent at 1,150,192 TEUs, while imports were up 1.8 percent at 1,045,323 TEUs.
Container exports to the U.S. between January and August totaled 93,667 TEUs, up 5.6 percent, while imports reached 287,192 TEUs, up 7.5 percent.