Exports from Japan fell 6.3 percent from a year earlier to JPY 6.58 trillion in December 2019, marking the thirteenth consecutive month of declines in overseas sales, compared to a 7.9 percent tumble in November and market expectations of 4.2 percent slump. This mainly reflected lower shipments of transport equipment (-10.7 percent), of which cars (-11.6 percent) and parts of motor vehicles (-10.9 percent); manufactured goods (-9.1 percent), such as iron & steel products (-13.3 percent); machinery (-6.2 percent), mostly power generating machines (-6.1 percent); electrical machinery (-3.2 percent) and chemicals (-4.8 percent). Among major trading partners, sales declined to South Korea (-16.2 percent), Thailand (-15 percent), the US (-14.9 percent) and Germany (-4.6 percent), but rose to China (0.8 percent), Hong Kong (2.3 percent) and Taiwan (13.3 percent). Considering full 2019, exports went down 5.6 percent, the first fall in three years.

Exports in Japan averaged 3398.93 JPY Billion from 1963 until 2019, reaching an all time high of 7681.69 JPY Billion in March of 2008 and a record low of 105.08 JPY Billion in January of 1963. This page provides the latest reported value for - Japan Exports - plus previous releases, historical high and low, short-term forecast and long-term prediction, economic calendar, survey consensus and news. source: Ministry of Finance, Japan

Exports in Japan is expected to be 7000.00 JPY Billion by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. Looking forward, we estimate Exports in Japan to stand at 6950.00 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the Japan Exports is projected to trend around 7050.00 JPY Billion in 2020, according to our econometric models.


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Japan Exports

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
6577.07 6379.01 7681.69 105.08 1963 - 2019 JPY Billion Monthly
Current Prices, NSA

Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2019-10-20 11:50 PM Sep -5.2% -8.2% -4%
2019-11-19 11:50 PM Oct -9.2% -5.2% -7.6% -6.4%
2019-12-17 11:50 PM Nov -7.9% -9.2% -8.6%
2020-01-22 11:50 PM Dec -6.3% -7.9% -4.2% -5%


News Stream
2019-12-18
Japan Exports Fall for 12th Month
Exports from Japan declined 7.9 percent from a year earlier to JPY 6.38 trillion in November 2019, marking the longest run of declines in exports since a 14-month stretch to November 2016 and compared to market consensus of 8.6 percent drop. That was mainly due to lower sales of manufactured goods (-11.1 percent), transport equipment (-9.7 percent), machinery (-12.0 percent), chemicals (-7.4 percent), and electrical machinery (-5.4 percent). Among main trading partners, sales were mainly dragged by falls to China (-5.4 percent), the US (-12.9 percent), South Korea (-17.0 percent), Hong Kong (-1.5 percent), and Thailand (-10.5 percent).

2019-11-20
Japan Exports Fall the Most in 3 Years
Exports from Japan declined 9.2 percent yoy to JPY 6.58 trillion in October of 2019, compared to market expectations of a 7.6 percent decline. It is the 11th straight month of annual falls in sales, mainly due to lower shipments of transport equipment (-7.4 percent), namely motor vehicles (-9.6 percent); machinery (-12.9 percent), namely power generating machines (-20.9 percent); electrical machinery (-8.3 percent); chemicals (-9.7 percent); manufactured goods (-13.4 percent), namely iron and steel products (-16.7 percent); and raw materials (-16.5 percent). Among main trading partners, exports were mainly dragged by sales to China (-10.3 percent), the US (-11.4 percent), South Korea (-23.1 percent), Thailand (-14.6 percent), Singapore (-14.6 percent) and Germany (-19.4 percent).

2019-10-20
Japan Exports Fall More than Expected in September
Exports from Japan declined 5.2 percent from a year earlier to JPY 6.37 trillion in September 2019, the tenth straight month of decrease and compared to market expectations of a 4.0 percent fall, amid weakening global demand and the US-China trade dispute. Lower sales were recorded in transport equipment (-2.7 percent); machinery (-11.2 percent); electrical machinery (-4.7 percent); manufactured goods (-3.8 percent); and chemicals (-2.1 percent). Among main trading partners, exports dropped to China (-6.7 percent), South Korea (-15.9 percent), Hong Kong (-10.3 percent), Singapore (-11.4 percent), Thailand (-14.4 percent), the US (-7.9 percent) and Australia (-8.4 percent), but rose to the Middle East (8.5 percent), in particular the UAE (11.4 percent), Saudi Arabia (29.2 percent) and Western Europe (3.4 percent), mostly Switzerland (156.8 percent).

2019-09-18
Japan Exports Fall for 9th Straight Month
Exports from Japan declined 8.2 percent from a year earlier to JPY 6.14 trillion in August 2019, the ninth straight month of decrease and compared to market expectations of a 10.9 percent fall, amid weakening global demand and the US-China trade dispute. Lower sales were recorded in transport equipment (-8.2 percent); machinery (-12.3 percent); electrical machinery (-8.1 percent); manufactured goods (-11 percent); and chemicals (-5.1 percent). Among main trading partners, exports dropped to to China (-12.1 percent), the US (-4.4 percent), Hong Kong (-11.5 percent), South Korea (-9.4 percent), Taiwan (-8.5 percent) and the EU (-1.3 percent).

2019-08-18
Japan Exports Fall for 8th Month
Exports from Japan dropped 1.6 percent from a year earlier to JPY 6.64 trillion in July 2019, the eighth straight month of decrease and compared to market expectations of 2.2 percent fall, amid weakening global demand and the US-China trade dispute. Declines were observed in machinery (-7.3 percent) led by semiconductor machinery, pump and centrifuges, metalworking machinery and parts of computer; electrical machinery (-7.3 percent) due to semiconductors, electrical apparatus and measuring, and electrical power machinery; manufactured goods (-5.1 percent) such as iron & steel products, nonferrous metals and manufactures of metals. Conversely, motor vehicles exports jumped 9.2 percent. Among main trade partners, exports decreased to China (-9.3 percent), South Korea (-6.9 percent) and Taiwan (-8.2 percent), but rose to the US (8.4 percent), the EU (2.2 percent), and the Middle East (17.6 percent).

2019-07-18
Japan Exports Fall for Seventh Month
Exports from Japan fell 6.7 percent from a year earlier to JPY 6.58 trillion in June 2019, compared to market consensus of a 5.6 percent drop and May's 7.8 percent fall. It was the seventh straight month of declines in shipments, amid weakening global demand and the US-China trade dispute. Declines were observed in machinery (-8 percent), led by metalworking machinery (-22.2 percent) and power generating machine (-7.7 percent); transport equipment (-7.6 percent), due to motor vehicles (-0.7 percent) and parts (-14.1 percent); electrical machinery (-9.3 percent); and manufactured goods (-8.6 percent) such as iron and steel products (-11.6 percent) and nonferrous metals (-11.8 percent). Among main trade partners, exports fell mainly to China (-10.1 percent), Hong Kong (-4.3 percent), South Korea (-14.8 percent), Singapore (-7-9 percent), Australia (-18.7 percent), the EU (-6.7 percent), and the Middle East (-16.4 percent). Still, sales to the US climbed 4.8 percent.


Japan Exports
Exports of high technology products have been the engine of Japan's economic growth since 1960. Exports account for around 19 percent of total GDP. In 2019 exports fell 5.6 percent from the previous year's record high amid global trade tensions. Main exports were: transport equipment (24 percent of total exports), with motor vehicles accounting for 16 percent; machinery (20 percent) on the back of power generating machine and semicon machinery; electrical machinery (17 percent), such as semiconductors, IC and electrical apparatus; chemicals (11 percent), mainly plastic materials and organic chemicals; and manufactured goods (11 percent), such as iron and steel products, nonferrous metals and manufactures of metals. Japan's main export partners were the US (20 percent), China (19 percent), the EU (12 percent) in particular Germany (3 percent), South Korea (7 percent), Taiwan (6 percent), Hong Kong (5 percent), and Thailand (4 percent).

Japan Trade Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Balance of Trade -152.50 -85.20 1608.67 -2795.12 JPY Billion [+]
Current Account 1436.76 1816.85 3360.40 -1456.11 JPY Billion [+]
Current Account to GDP 3.50 4.00 4.70 -1.00 percent [+]
Imports 6729.59 6464.25 8047.03 162.06 JPY Billion [+]
Exports 6577.07 6379.01 7681.69 105.08 JPY Billion [+]
External Debt 467002.00 456947.00 467002.00 141743.00 JPY Billion [+]
Terms of Trade 98.90 99.50 276.10 83.10 points [+]
Foreign Direct Investment 12898.85 10460.19 70854.65 -3825.00 JPY Hundred Million [+]
Capital Flows 5507.00 8345.00 51996.00 -26928.00 JPY HML [+]
Tourism Revenues 22426000.00 30450000.00 30450000.00 821000.00 JPY Thousand [+]
Tourist Arrivals 2526400.00 2441300.00 2991200.00 225806.00 [+]
Gold Reserves 765.22 765.22 765.22 753.54 Tonnes [+]
Terrorism Index 2.29 2.93 3.60 0.00 [+]
Crude Oil Production 4.00 4.00 13.00 3.00 BBL/D/1K [+]

Japan Exports by Country Last Previous
China 1412620.00 1310123.00 JPY Million Dec/19
United States 1221522.00 1211630.00 JPY Million Dec/19
European Union 756664.00 685787.00 JPY Million Dec/19
Taiwan 456097.00 450566.00 JPY Million Dec/19
South Korea 402258.00 389724.00 JPY Million Dec/19
Hong Kong 309672.00 332404.00 JPY Million Dec/19
Thailand 269632.00 279502.00 JPY Million Dec/19
Germany 188242.00 170518.00 JPY Million Dec/19
Singapore 185334.00 203697.00 JPY Million Dec/19
Malaysia 126240.00 126777.00 JPY Million Dec/19
United Kingdom 124773.00 109867.00 JPY Million Dec/19
Indonesia 116389.00 113632.00 JPY Million Dec/19
Australia 115085.00 122619.00 JPY Million Dec/19
Netherlands 108938.00 101896.00 JPY Million Dec/19
India 102879.00 81953.00 JPY Million Dec/19
Philippines 90326.00 103064.00 JPY Million Dec/19
Belgium 71163.00 66965.00 JPY Million Dec/19
France 68250.00 58572.00 JPY Million Dec/19
Russia 57254.00 51318.00 JPY Million Dec/19
Italy 41181.00 40294.00 JPY Million Dec/19
Japan Exports by Category Last Previous
Machinery & Transport Equipment 3814901.52 3991742.50 JPY Million Nov/19
Transport Equipment 1447733.00 1498230.19 JPY Million Dec/19
Electrical Machinery 1177383.00 1136505.86 JPY Million Dec/19
Passenger Cars 878024.00 913919.15 JPY Million Dec/19
Chemicals 758032.00 715549.35 JPY Million Dec/19
Re Goods 429693.95 411124.04 JPY Million Nov/19
Miscellaneous Articles 396722.15 405512.14 JPY Million Nov/19
Iron & Steel Products 245840.00 244249.00 JPY Million Dec/19
Power Generating Machinery 244443.00 215171.13 JPY Million Dec/19
Plastic Materials 224759.00 202352.32 JPY Million Dec/19
Chemical Compounds & Elements 205358.69 211761.38 JPY Million Nov/19
Scientific,medical,optical Instruments 204736.00 190190.92 JPY Million Dec/19
Precision Instruments 198601.01 188998.10 JPY Million Nov/19
Electrical Apparatus 165388.00 157445.47 JPY Million Dec/19
Organic Chemicals 152003.00 148993.78 JPY Million Dec/19
Flat-rolled Iron On Steel Prds. 146306.79 158179.78 JPY Million Nov/19
Office Machines 126685.69 116108.06 JPY Million Nov/19
Chemical Materials & Products, Nes 120934.92 129351.02 JPY Million Nov/19
Non-ferrous Metals 117019.00 118697.89 JPY Million Dec/19
Mineral Fuels 111655.00 107122.05 JPY Million Dec/19

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