The number of foreign trade containers handled by the Port of Nagoya in central Japan edged up 0.8 percent in the first half of this year from a year earlier to 1.226 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 the January-June period, the Port of Nagoya exported 639,161 TEUs of containers, up 0.9 percent from the same six-month period last year, and imported 586,795 TEUs of containers, up 0.6 percent year-on-year.
Including container trade within Japan, the port handled a total of 1.316 million TEUs in the first half of this year, up 1.5 percent from a year earlier.
In terms of volume, the Port of Nagoya handled 23.413 million tons of container cargo in foreign trade in the January-June period, up 1.5 percent from a year ago. Container cargo exports totaled 11.572 million tons, up 2.9 percent, and container cargo imports amounted to 11.841 million tons, up 0.2 percent.
Of the total volume of container cargo exports in the first half of this year, 45.2 percent, or 5.234 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 the first half of this year, the port’s container cargo exports to China declined 4.6 percent to 2.567 million tons, while its container cargo imports from China dropped 2.1 percent to 5.148 million tons.
The Port of Nagoya’s container cargo exports to the U.S. rose 1.1 percent to 1.759 million tons, while its container cargo imports from the U.S. tumbled 6.5 percent to about 906,000 tons.