Imports to Japan slumped 26.2 percent yoy to JPY 5.02 trillion in May 2020, after falling 7.1 percent in the previous month. It marked the 13th straight month of drop in purchases, mainly due to lower imports of mineral fuels (-57.5 percent vs -32.9 percent in April) led by petroleum (-78.9 percent) amid lower prices. Also, imports of machinery fell 12.6 percent after a 4.3 percent decline. Among top trading partners, imports from the US tanked 27.5 percent after growing 1.6 percent in the previous month, while those from China dropped 2 percent after climbing 11.7 percent. Also, purchases from Westen Europe plunged 30.9 percent, led by a 48.8 percent decline from France.

Imports in Japan averaged 3069.17 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 July of 2020. source: Ministry of Finance, Japan

Imports in Japan is expected to be 4800.00 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
5018.17 6137.90 8047.03 162.06 1963 - 2020 JPY Billion Monthly
Current Prices, NSA


Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2020-03-17 11:50 PM Feb -14% -3.5% -14.4% -12.8%
2020-04-19 11:50 PM Mar -5% -13.9% -9.8%
2020-05-20 11:50 PM Apr -7.2% -5% -12.9%
2020-06-16 11:50 PM May -26.2% -7.1%


News Stream
Japan Imports Tank 26.2% YoY
Imports to Japan slumped 26.2 percent yoy to JPY 5.02 trillion in May 2020, after falling 7.1 percent in the previous month. It marked the 13th straight month of drop in purchases, mainly due to lower imports of mineral fuels (-57.5 percent vs -32.9 percent in April) led by petroleum (-78.9 percent) amid lower prices. Also, imports of machinery fell 12.6 percent after a 4.3 percent decline. Among top trading partners, imports from the US tanked 27.5 percent after growing 1.6 percent in the previous month, while those from China dropped 2 percent after climbing 11.7 percent. Also, purchases from Westen Europe plunged 30.9 percent, led by a 48.8 percent decline from France.
2020-06-17
Japan Imports Drop Less than Expected
Imports to Japan slumped 7.2 percent yoy to JPY 6.13 trillion in April 2020, compared with market forecasts of a 12.9 percent decline. It marked the 12th straight month of drop in purchases, mainly due to lower imports of mineral fuels (-32.9 percent) led by petroleum (-43.7 percent) amid lower prices. Also, imports of machinery fell 4.3 percent and those of foodstuff declined 5.9 percent. In contrast, purchases of manufactured goods jumped 12.3 percent, as textiles & fabrics surged 124.5 percent. Among top trading partners, imports from South Korea fell 8.8 percent and those from Malaysia plummeted 38.7 percent. Purchases from the EU also declined sharply, down 6.8 percent, while imports from China climbed 11.7 percent, as the world's second largest economy continues to recover from restrictions. Meanwhile, purchases from the US grew by only 1.6 percent.
2020-05-21
Japan Imports Drop Less than Anticipated
Imports to Japan contracted 5% percent yoy to JPY 6.35 trillion in March 2020, compared with market forecasts of a 9.8% decline and following a 14% plunge a month earlier. It marked the 11th straight month of drop in purchases, mainly due to mineral fuels (-11.6%), of which petroleum (-8.3%) and LNG (-13.5%). Also, imports fell for clothing & accessories (-4.6%) and scientific, optical instruments (-1.4%); machinery (-9.6%), namely computers and units (-9.3%). In addition, lower arrivals were recorded for manufactured goods (-4.3%) and transport equipment (-8.3%), while chemicals purchases were flat. Conversely, imports rose for electrical machinery (2.6%). Purchases fell from China (-4.5%), Hong Kong (-84.3%), South Korea (-4.7%), Thailand (-5.2%), Australia (-15.4%), Germany (-19%), the UK (-17.7%), France (-38.5%), Russia (-15%), and Saudi Arabia (-19.1%). In contrast, imports rose from Singapore (7.2%), the US (1.3%), and the UAE (24.9%).
2020-04-20
Japan Imports Sink 14% Dragged by China
Imports to Japan shrank 14 percent yoy to JPY 5.21 trillion in February of 2020, compared with market expectations of a 14.4 percent slump and following a 3.6 percent decline a month earlier. It marked the tenth straight month of falling purchases, mainly dragged down by mineral fuels (-9.8 percent) and electrical machinery (-18.6 percent). In contrast, imports of raw materials climbed 6.2 percent. Among top trading partners, imports from China plummeted 47.1 percent, the most since August of 1986, as the country went into lockdown to contain the spreading of the coronavirus disease. Meanwhile, purchases from the US sank 5.9 percent.
2020-03-18

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 1511296.00 1734818.00 JPY Million May/20
United States 578159.00 698626.00 JPY Million May/20
European Union 575168.00 674682.00 JPY Million May/20
Australia 281461.00 366452.00 JPY Million May/20
Taiwan 236535.00 263458.00 JPY Million May/20
South Korea 200845.00 246337.00 JPY Million May/20
Thailand 192995.00 219401.00 JPY Million May/20
Germany 175061.00 202222.00 JPY Million May/20
Indonesia 124913.00 136242.00 JPY Million May/20
Malaysia 105780.00 102593.00 JPY Million May/20
Singapore 95148.00 81065.00 JPY Million May/20
Russia 82653.00 91134.00 JPY Million May/20
France 74795.00 74688.00 JPY Million May/20
Italy 60711.00 84936.00 JPY Million May/20
Philippines 52905.00 56073.00 JPY Million May/20
Switzerland 51506.00 63603.00 JPY Million May/20
United Kingdom 47236.00 55182.00 JPY Million May/20
New Zealand 31620.00 26885.00 JPY Million May/20
Belgium 29191.00 39977.00 JPY Million May/20
Sweden 24276.00 26644.00 JPY Million May/20
Japan Imports by Category Last Previous
Machinery & Transport Equipment 1837118.79 1893683.48 JPY Million Apr/20
Miscellaneous Manufacturers Articles 738630.31 773590.60 JPY Million Apr/20
Chemicals 649665.00 755279.00 JPY Million May/20
Industrial Chemicals 626652.00 729208.00 JPY Million May/20
Mineral Fuels 617996.00 986863.00 JPY Million May/20
Food & Live Animals 559254.47 497818.93 JPY Million Apr/20
Foodstuff 543186.00 634909.00 JPY Million May/20
Crude Materials, Inedible, Except Fuels 388713.25 373151.82 JPY Million Apr/20
Raw Materials 339032.00 404922.00 JPY Million May/20
Gas,natural & Manufactured 272266.32 305412.01 JPY Million May/20
Office Equipment 254707.23 230050.07 JPY Million Apr/20
Medical & Pharmaceutical Product 250314.00 292956.00 JPY Million May/20
Medical & Pharmaceutical Products 250314.00 292956.00 JPY Million May/20
Liquefied Natural Gas 236669.00 268544.00 JPY Million May/20
Petroleum & Petroleum Products 222067.00 505667.00 JPY Million May/20
Computer & Units 217474.00 211061.00 JPY Million May/20
Metalliferous Ores & Metal Scrap 214845.02 265785.89 JPY Million May/20
Textile Yarn,fabrics,make Up Articles 203636.00 182918.00 JPY Million May/20
Telephony Telegraphy 188380.00 248424.00 JPY Million May/20
Chemical Compounds & Elements 187256.30 232932.49 JPY Million May/20

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