International containerized trade through Japan’s Port of Yokohama declined 6.3 percent in the first half of this year from a year earlier to just less than 1.4 million 20-foot equivalent units, according to preliminary figures released by the Yokohama municipal government.
Yokohama, Japan’s second-largest container port after Tokyo, exported 735,740 TEUs of containers between January and June, down 7.6 percent from a year earlier, and imported 662,083 TEUs of containers during the same period, down 4.7 percent.
The municipal government blamed the decline on the catastrophic March 11 earthquake and tsunami that hit the northeastern part of the country.
Yokohama handled 491,608 TEUs of containers in trade with China, its biggest trading partner, in the period, up 6.1 percent from a year earlier. Exports to China totaled 277,557 TEUs, up 5.4 percent, while imports from China of 214,051 TEUs were up 6.9 percent.
Yokohama handled 187,407 TEUs of containers in trade with the U.S., its second-biggest trading partner, between January and June, down 15 percent from a year earlier. Exports to the U.S. totaled 50,194 TEUs, down 19.9 percent, while imports from the U.S. of 137,213 TEUs were down 13.1 percent.
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