The number of foreign trade containers handled by the Port of Tokyo rose 8.6 percent in 2011 from the previous year to a record high of about 4.144 million 20-foot equivalent units.
According to a preliminary report released by the Tokyo metropolitan government, about 1.913 million TEUs were exported last year, up 10.0 percent, and about 2.231 million TEUs were imported, up 7.4 percent.
In terms of volume, Tokyo handled 44.666 million tons of container cargo in foreign trade in 2011, up 4.3 percent from a year earlier. Container cargo exports totaled 12.475 million tons, down 3.5 percent, and container cargo imports amounted to 32.191 million tons, up 7.7 percent.
China and the U.S. are Tokyo’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, Tokyo’s container cargo exports to China fell 8.6 percent to 4.536 million tons, while its container cargo imports from China increased 6.9 percent to 15.540 million tons.
Tokyo’s container cargo exports to the U.S. rose 4.4 percent to 2.467 million tons, and its container cargo imports from the U.S. also increased 8.8 percent to 3.508 million tons.
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