The number of foreign trade containers handled by the Port of Nagoya in central Japan rose 3.2 percent in 2011 from the previous year to 2,472,264 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs), according to preliminary figures released by the Nagoya municipal government.
The Port of Nagoya is Japan’s third-largest container port after the Port of Tokyo and the Port of Yokohama. The Port of Nagoya is Japan’s largest port in terms of the value of foreign trade.
Last year, the Port of Nagoya exported 1,279,650 TEUs of containers, up 4.0 percent from a year earlier, and imported 1,192,614 TEUs of containers, up 2.4 percent.
In terms of volume, the Port of Nagoya handled 46,142,532 tons of container cargo in foreign trade in 2011, up 3.6 percent from a year earlier. Container cargo exports totaled 22,536,191 tons, up 1.0 percent, and container cargo imports amounted to 23,606,341 tons, up 6.3 percent.
Of the total volume of container cargo exports in 2011, 40.5 percent, or 9,115,996 tons, were auto parts. Nagoya City is the capital of Aichi Prefecture, home to many auto-related companies, including Toyota Motor Corp.
China and the United States are the Port of Nagoya’s largest- and second-largest trading partners in terms of container trade volume. The two countries are also the largest and second-largest export markets and import sources for the Japanese port in terms of container trade volume.
In 2011, the Port of Nagoya’s container cargo exports to China rose 9.3 percent to 5,704,360 tons, while its container cargo imports from China increased 9.5 percent to 10,789,109 tons.
The Port of Nagoya’s container cargo exports to the U.S. fell 2.3 percent to 3,335,983 tons, while its container cargo imports from the U.S. declined 1.9 percent to 1,881,008 tons.
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