The number of foreign trade containers handled by the Port of Nagoya in central Japan edged up 0.8 percent in 2012 from a year earlier to 2.492 million 20-foot equivalent units, 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. It is Japan’s largest port in terms of the value of foreign trade.
In 2012, the Port of Nagoya exported 1.299 million TEUs of containers, up 1.5 percent from 2011, and imported 1.193 million TEUs of containers, up 0.1 percent from 2011.
Including container trade within Japan, the Port of Nagoya handled a total of 2.655 million TEUs in 2012, up 1.2 percent from 2011.
In terms of tonnage, the Port of Nagoya handled 46.743 million tons of container cargo in foreign trade in 2012, up 1.3 percent from a year earlier. Container cargo exports totaled 22.685 million tons, up 0.7 percent, and container cargo imports amounted to 24.059 million tons, up 1.9 percent.
Of the total container cargo exports in 2012, 44.5 percent, or 10.104 million 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 2012, the Port of Nagoya’s container cargo exports to China tumbled 8.5 percent to 5.220 million tons, while its container cargo imports from China inched up 0.7 percent to 10.860 million tons.
The Port of Nagoya’s container cargo exports to the U.S. surged 7.5 percent to 3.587 million tons, while its container cargo imports from the U.S. declined 2.2 percent to 1.840 million tons.