The number of foreign trade containers handled by the Port of Osaka in western Japan fell 3.5 percent in the first half of this year from a year earlier to about 1 million twenty-foot-equivalent units.
According to preliminary figures released by the Osaka municipal government, the Port of Osaka exported 449,247 TEUs of containers between January and June, down 2.1 percent from a year earlier, while it imported 568,223 TEUs of containers during the same period, down 4.6 percent year-on-year.
Osaka is Japan’s fifth-largest container port after Tokyo, Yokohama, Nagoya and Kobe. The Osaka municipal government did not give container numbers in trade with individual countries.
In terms of volume, Osaka handled about 15 million tons of container cargo in foreign trade in the first half of this year, down 5.6 percent from a year earlier. Exports totaled about 3.5 million tons, down 10.9 percent, and imports amounted to about 11.7 million tons, down 3.9 percent.
In the first half of this year, Osaka’s container cargo exports to the U.S. plunged 74.5 percent from a year earlier to 48,846 tons, while its container cargo imports from the U.S. also tumbled 40.2 percent year-over-year to 286,877 tons.
In the January-June period, the U.S. was Osaka’s 10th-largest container export destination after China, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam and Indonesia.
In the January-June period, the U.S. was the Japanese port’s sixth-biggest source of container imports after China, Hong Kong, South Korea, Taiwan and Thailand.