The number of foreign trade containers handled by the Port of Kobe in western Japan fell 1.3 percent in 2012 from a year earlier to about 2.071 million 20-foot equivalent unit, according to preliminary figures released by the Kobe municipal government.
In 2012, the Port of Kobe exported about 1.118 million TEUs of containers, down 1.0 percent from a year earlier, while it imported about 953,000 TEUs of containers, down 1.6 percent year-on-year.
The Kobe municipal government did not give container numbers for trade with individual countries. Including container trade within Japan, the Port of Kobe handled a total of about 2.568 million TEUs in 2012, down 2.2 percent from 2011.
The Port of Kobe is Japan’s fourth-largest container port after the Port of Tokyo, the Port of Yokohama and the Port of Nagoya. Among the nation’s five major international ports, which also include the Port of Osaka, the Port of Kobe was the last to release 2012 cargo figures.
The five major Japanese international ports reported mixed foreign trade container cargo results for 2012. Tokyo and Nagoya posted rises of 2.2 percent and 0.8 percent, respectively, while Yokohama and Osaka posted declines of 2.6 percent and 2.4 percent, respectively.
In terms of volume, the Port of Kobe handled about 49.029 million tons of cargo, including both containerized and uncontainerized cargo, in foreign trade last year, down 0.5 percent from a year earlier. Exports totaled about 22.241 million tons, up 0.2 percent, while imports amounted to about 26.788 million tons, down 1.1 percent.
In trade with the United States, the Port of Kobe handled about 7.321 million tons of cargo, including both containerized and uncontainerized cargo, last year, down 2.9 percent from a year earlier. Exports surged 9.0 percent to about 2.724 million tons, but imports tumbled 8.8 percent to about 4.597 million tons.