Imports to Japan dropped by 13.3 percent year-on-year to JPY 5.69 trillion in October of 2020, compared with market forecasts of a 9 percent plunge and after a 17.4 percent tumble in the prior month. This marked the 18th consecutive month of fall in inbound shipments, as the COVID-19 pandemic hit domestic demand. Purchases of transport equipment plunged 31.8 percent, dragged mainly by a 79.6 percent fall in aircraft. Meanwhile, purchases of mineral fuels tumbled 38.5 percent, dragged by a 42.6 percent plunge in petroleum. Imports fell from China (-3.7 percent), Hong Kong (-16.0 percent), Taiwan (-8.8 percent), South Korea (-19.5 percent), the US (-15.6 percent) and Western Europe (-10.8 percent). source: Ministry of Finance, Japan

Imports in Japan averaged 3075.47 JPY Billion from 1963 until 2020, reaching an all time high of 8047.03 JPY Billion in January of 2014 and a record low of 162.06 JPY Billion in January of 1963. This page provides the latest reported value for - Japan Imports - plus previous releases, historical high and low, short-term forecast and long-term prediction, economic calendar, survey consensus and news. Japan Imports - data, historical chart, forecasts and calendar of releases - was last updated on December of 2020.

Imports in Japan is expected to be 5000.00 JPY Billion by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. Looking forward, we estimate Imports in Japan to stand at 5800.00 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the Japan Imports is projected to trend around 6200.00 JPY Billion in 2021 and 6540.00 JPY Billion in 2022, according to our econometric models.

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Japan Imports

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
5693.17 5380.13 8047.03 162.06 1963 - 2020 JPY Billion Monthly
Current Prices, NSA


Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2020-08-18 11:50 PM Jul -22.3% -14.4% -22.8%
2020-09-15 11:50 PM Aug -20.8% -22.3% -18%
2020-10-18 11:50 PM Sep -17.2% -20.8% -21.4%
2020-11-17 11:50 PM Oct -13.3% -17.4% -9%
2020-12-15 11:50 PM Nov -13.3%
2021-01-22 11:50 PM Dec
2021-02-18 11:50 PM Jan
2021-03-17 11:50 PM Feb


News Stream
Japan Imports Sink More than Expected
Imports to Japan dropped by 13.3 percent year-on-year to JPY 5.69 trillion in October of 2020, compared with market forecasts of a 9 percent plunge and after a 17.4 percent tumble in the prior month. This marked the 18th consecutive month of fall in inbound shipments, as the COVID-19 pandemic hit domestic demand. Purchases of transport equipment plunged 31.8 percent, dragged mainly by a 79.6 percent fall in aircraft. Meanwhile, purchases of mineral fuels tumbled 38.5 percent, dragged by a 42.6 percent plunge in petroleum. Imports fell from China (-3.7 percent), Hong Kong (-16.0 percent), Taiwan (-8.8 percent), South Korea (-19.5 percent), the US (-15.6 percent) and Western Europe (-10.8 percent).
2020-11-18
Japan Imports Extend Double-Digit Falls
Imports to Japan dropped by 17.2 percent year-on-year to JPY 5.38 trillion in September of 2020, compared with market forecasts of a 21.4 percent plunge and after a 20.8 percent tumble in the prior month. This marked the 17th consecutive month of fall in inbound shipments, as the COVID-19 pandemic hit domestic demand. Purchases of transport equipment plunged 14.5 percent, dragged mainly by a 23.2 percent drop in parts of motor vehicles and a 20.9 percent fall in aircraft. Meanwhile, purchases of mineral fuels tumbled 38.7 percent, dragged by a 52.5 percent plunged in petroleum. Imports fell from China (-11.9 percent), Hong Kong (-82.5 percent), Taiwan (-6.6 percent), South Korea (-8.4 percent), the US (-9.9 percent) and Western Europe (-14.4 percent).
2020-10-19
Japan Imports Drop for 16th Month
Imports to Japan plunged 20.8 percent yoy to JPY 4.98 trillion in August 2020, compared to market forecasts of a 18 percent slump and following a 22.3 percent drop in July. This marked the 16th consecutive month of decline in inbound shipments, as purchases of transport equipment plummeted 39.1 percent, dragged mainly by a 50.9 percent drop in aircraft and a 38.2 percent decline in motor vehicles. Meanwhile, purchases of mineral fuels plunged 45.1 percent, dragged by a 52.5 percent decline in petroleum. Imports fell from China (-7 percent), Hong Kong (-26.3 percent), Thailand (-18.3 percent), South Korea (-18.3 percent), and the US (-22 percent).
2020-09-16
Japan Imports Plunge 22.3% YoY in July
Imports to Japan plunged 22.3 percent yoy to JPY 5.36 trillion in July 2020, compared to market forecasts of a 22.8 percent slump and following a 14.4 percent drop in June. This marked the 15th consecutive month of decline in inbound shipments, as purchases of transport equipment plummeted 47.1 percent, dragged mainly by an 80 percent drop in aircraft and a 46.1 percent decline in parts. Meanwhile, purchases of mineral fuels plunged 48.5 percent, dragged by a 63.1 percent decline in petroleum. Imports fell from China (-9.8 percent), Hong Kong (-31.4 percent), Thailand (-24.8 percent), South Korea (-21.4 percent), and the US (-25.5 percent).
2020-08-19

Japan Imports
In 2019 imports to Japan dropped 5 percent from the previous year's record high amid global trade tensions. Main imports were: mineral fuels (22 percent of total imports), with petroleum accounting for 10 percent and LNG for 6 percent; electrical machinery (15 percent) on the back of telephony, telegraphy and semiconductors; chemicals (10 percent) due to medical products and organic chemicals; machinery (10 percent) in particular computers and units; foodstuff (9 percent) such as fish and fish preparations and meat and meat preparations; manufactured goods (9 percent) on nonferrous metals; and raw materials (6 percent) mainly ore of nonferrous and iron ore and concentrates. Japan's main import partners were China (23 percent), the EU (12 percent) in particular Germany (3 percent), the US (11 percent), Australia (6 percent), South Korea (4 percent), Saudi Arabia (4 percent), Taiwan (4 percent), the UAE (4 percent) and Thailand (4 percent).
Japan Imports by Country Last Previous
China 1535484.00 1428582.00 JPY Million Oct/20
European Union 638853.00 679904.00 JPY Million Oct/20
United States 600758.00 562395.00 JPY Million Oct/20
Australia 292646.00 270180.00 JPY Million Oct/20
Taiwan 250722.00 240833.00 JPY Million Oct/20
Thailand 234564.00 192405.00 JPY Million Oct/20
South Korea 219771.00 230148.00 JPY Million Oct/20
Germany 188722.00 194355.00 JPY Million Oct/20
Malaysia 143133.00 119375.00 JPY Million Oct/20
Indonesia 130585.00 129558.00 JPY Million Oct/20
Philippines 96567.00 89428.00 JPY Million Oct/20
Russia 94537.00 78723.00 JPY Million Oct/20
France 86472.00 85943.00 JPY Million Oct/20
Italy 84223.00 109433.00 JPY Million Oct/20
Singapore 79855.00 59987.00 JPY Million Oct/20
Switzerland 73364.00 62898.00 JPY Million Oct/20
United Kingdom 54041.00 63974.00 JPY Million Oct/20
India 45954.00 43448.00 JPY Million Oct/20
Netherlands 34763.00 33252.00 JPY Million Oct/20
Spain 30345.00 25412.00 JPY Million Oct/20
Japan Imports by Category Last Previous
Machinery & Transport Equipment 1866492.77 1691029.48 JPY Million Oct/20
Miscellaneous Manufacturers Articles 805702.93 789564.72 JPY Million Oct/20
Mineral Fuels 780199.00 786239.00 JPY Million Oct/20
Chemicals 642080.00 619098.00 JPY Million Oct/20
Industrial Chemicals 577041.00 514693.00 JPY Million Sep/20
Foodstuff 553124.00 526744.00 JPY Million Oct/20
Food & Live Animals 487332.80 441618.04 JPY Million Oct/20
Petroleum & Petroleum Products 434444.00 437890.00 JPY Million Oct/20
Raw Materials 394084.00 348111.00 JPY Million Oct/20
Crude Materials, Inedible, Except Fuels 379453.41 335468.41 JPY Million Oct/20
Petroleum 340950.00 343303.00 JPY Million Oct/20
Telephony Telegraphy 304562.00 180545.00 JPY Million Oct/20
Medical & Pharmaceutical Product 284093.00 250893.00 JPY Million Oct/20
Medical & Pharmaceutical Products 284093.00 250893.00 JPY Million Oct/20
Clothing & Accessories 255753.00 282522.00 JPY Million Oct/20
Metalliferous Ores & Metal Scrap 243272.05 231643.14 JPY Million Sep/20
Office Equipment 238197.31 241029.04 JPY Million Oct/20
Gas,natural & Manufactured 228510.38 216835.22 JPY Million Sep/20
Transport Equipment 212441.00 236704.00 JPY Million Oct/20
Computer & Units 201625.00 205742.00 JPY Million Oct/20

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