The number of foreign trade containers handled by the Port of Kobe in western Japan fell 1.5 percent in the first half of this year from a year earlier to about 1.03 million 20-foot-equivalent units (TEUs).
According to preliminary figures released by the Kobe municipal government, the Port of Kobe exported 558,530 TEUs of containers between January and June, down 0.2 percent from a year earlier, while it imported 471,760 TEUs of containers during the same period, down 2.9 percent year-on-year.
The Kobe municipal government did not give container numbers in trade with individual countries.
Kobe is Japan’s fourth-largest container port after Tokyo, Yokohama and Nagoya. Among the nation’s five major international ports, which also include Osaka, Kobe became the last to release cargo figures for the first half of 2012.
The five major Japanese international ports reported mixed foreign trade container cargo results for the January-June period. Tokyo and Nagoya posted rises of 5.1 percent and 1.7 percent, respectively, while Yokohama and Osaka posted declines of 2.0 percent and 3.5 percent, respectively.
In terms of volume, Kobe handled about 24.82 million tons of cargo, including both containerized and uncontainerized cargo, in foreign trade between January and June, up 0.8 percent from a year earlier. Exports totaled about 11.31 million tons, up 1.2 percent, while imports amounted to about 13.51 million tons, up 0.5 percent.
In trade with the United States, Kobe handled about 3.72 million tons of cargo, including both containerized and uncontainerized cargo, in the first half of this year, down 5.6 percent from a year earlier. Exports were up 3.4 percent at about 1.33 million tons, while imports were down 9.9 percent at about 2.39 million tons.