Imports in Japan increased to 6729.59 JPY Billion in December from 6464.25 JPY Billion in November of 2019.

Imports in Japan averaged 3048.48 JPY Billion from 1963 until 2019, 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. source: Ministry of Finance, Japan

Imports in Japan is expected to be 6500.00 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 6740.00 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the Japan Imports is projected to trend around 6540.00 JPY Billion in 2020, according to our econometric models.


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Japan Imports

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
6729.59 6464.25 8047.03 162.06 1963 - 2019 JPY Billion Monthly
Current Prices, NSA

Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2019-10-20 11:50 PM Sep -1.5% -11.9% -2.8%
2019-11-19 11:50 PM Oct -14.8% -1.5% -16% -14.8%
2019-12-17 11:50 PM Nov -15.7% -14.8% -12.7%
2020-01-22 11:50 PM Dec -4.9% -15.7% -3.4% -4%


News Stream
2019-12-18
Japan Imports Fall the Most in 3 Years
Imports to Japan fell 15.7 percent from a year earlier to JPY 6.46 trillion in November 2019, their biggest decline since October 2016, and compared to market forecasts of a 12.7 percent decrease. That was partly due to weakened consumption after October's sales tax hike as purchases were down for mineral fuels (-30.1 percent); electrical machinery (-18.0 percent); chemicals (-9.6 percent); foodstuff (-5.2 percent); machinery (-17.3 percent); manufactured goods (-10.8 percent), and transport equipment (-8.7 percent). Among top trading partners, imports were mainly dragged by less purchases from China (-16.4 percent), the US (-10.3 percent), Australia (-16.1 percent), Taiwan (-10 percent), South Korea (-12.5 percent), Thailand (-14.1 percent), Germany (-14.9 percent), the UAE (-18.6 percent), and Saudi Arabia (-45.7 percent).

2019-11-20
Japan Imports Plunge 14.8% YoY
Imports from Japan shrank 14.8 percent year-on-year to JPY 6.56 trillion in October of 2019. It is the sixth month of annual falls in imports, compared to market forecasts of a 16 percent decline, mainly due to lower oil prices and a rise in sales tax. Purchases went down for mineral fuels (-24.9 percent); electrical machinery (-12.7 percent); chemicals (-17.6 percent); foodstuff (-6.6 percent); machinery (-12.5 percent); and manufactured goods (-16.7 percent). In contrast, purchases of transport equipment rose 1.2 percent. Among top trading partners, imports were mainly dragged by less purchases from China (-15.4 percent), the US (-17.2 percent), Taiwan (-9.7 percent), South Korea (-12 percent), Thailand (-11.1 percent).

2019-10-21
Japan Imports Fall Less than Estimated
Imports to Japan shrank 1.5 percent year-on-year to JPY 6.49 trillion in September, the fifth straight month of decline, compared to market consensus of a 2.8 percent drop and after a marginally revised 11.9 percent slump in August. Purchases went down for mineral fuels (-19.0 percent); manufactured goods (-1.4%) and transport equipment (-1.3%). Among major trade partners, imports fell from China (-1.0%), Hong Kong (-4.8%), South Korea (-8.9%), the US (-11.6%), and the Middle East (-13.6%), namely Saudi Arabia (-21.9%) and Oman (-26.8%). Meanwhile, imports went up from Taiwan (9.0 percent, Thailand (11.4 percent) and Western Europe (12.4 percent), mainly Germany (9.8 percent) and the UK (13.3 percent).

2019-09-18
Japan Imports Plunge 12% YoY in August
Imports to Japan plunged 12 percent from a year earlier to JPY 6.28 trillion in August 2019, compared to market expectations of an 11.2 percent drop and the previous month's 1.2 percent fall. slumped 12 percent to JPY 6.28 trillion, compared to expectations of a 11.2 percent fall and the previous month's 1.2 percent decline. Purchases went down for mineral fuels (-25.3 percent), in particular petroleum (-25 percent), petroleum products (-28.8 percent), LNG (-23.3 percent), LPG (-32 percent) and coal (-24.5 percent); electrical machinery (-8.9 percent), namely semiconductors (-12.5 percent); machinery (-14.8 percent), of which power generating machines (-27.4 percent) and parts of computer (-0.8 percent); manufactured goods (-10 percent); transport equipment (-1.7 percent); foodstuff (-5 percent); chemicals (-4.2 percent); and raw materials (-10 percent). Among main trade partners, imports dropped from Hong Kong (-18 percent), the US (-9.2 percent) and China (-8.5 percent).

2019-08-18
Japan Imports Fall Less than Expected
Imports to Japan declined 1.2 percent from a year earlier to JPY 6.89 trillion in July 2019, compared to market expectations of a 2.7 percent drop and the previous month's 5.2 percent fall. Purchases of mineral fuels slumped 9.1 percent, mainly due to petroleum, petroleum products and LNG. Also, imports of chemicals fell 6.6 percent on the back of medical products and organic chemicals . In addition, arrivals of manufactured goods dropped 0.7 percent, in particular nonferrous metals and iron & steel products. In contrast, imports grew for machinery (2.7 percent), transport equipment (2.1 percent) and foodstuff (4.5 percent). Imports fell from South Korea (-8.6 percent), Taiwan (-5.3 percent), the EU (-4.3 percent), and the Middle East (-11.7 percent), but rose from China (2.8 percent), Thailand (6.6 percent), Vietnam (17.8 percent), the US (3.5 percent) and Australia (6.2 percent).

2019-07-18
Japan Imports Fall More Than Expected
Imports to Japan declined 5.2 percent from a year earlier to JPY 6.00 trillion in June 2019, compared to market expectations of a 0.4 percent decline and following a 1.5 percent drop in the previous month. Purchases were mainly lower for: foodstuff (-2.8 percent); raw materials (-10.8 percent); manufactured goods (-11 percent), such as nonferrous metals (-20.1 percent) and iron and steel products (-16.4 percent); mineral fuels (-4.1 percent), dragged by LNG (-11.7 percent) and petroleum products (-13.1 percent); machinery (-6.0 percent); electrical machinery (-3.3 percent); and transport equipment (-3.0 percent). Among main trade partners, imports dropped from China (-5.3 percent), South Korea (-13.6 percent), Australia (-4.1 percent), the US (-2.5 percent), the EU (-3.7 percent), and the Middle East (-6 percent).


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 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 Imports by Country Last Previous
China 1540589.00 1577639.00 JPY Million Dec/19
European Union 803035.00 834987.00 JPY Million Dec/19
United States 748466.00 688555.00 JPY Million Dec/19
Australia 399119.00 373812.00 JPY Million Dec/19
South Korea 281659.00 284038.00 JPY Million Dec/19
Taiwan 250336.00 237974.00 JPY Million Dec/19
Thailand 219955.00 222984.00 JPY Million Dec/19
Germany 211481.00 220115.00 JPY Million Dec/19
Indonesia 170017.00 156813.00 JPY Million Dec/19
Russia 159084.00 136893.00 JPY Million Dec/19
Malaysia 150560.00 150980.00 JPY Million Dec/19
Italy 117684.00 110528.00 JPY Million Dec/19
France 114719.00 109442.00 JPY Million Dec/19
Philippines 95636.00 93328.00 JPY Million Dec/19
United Kingdom 74487.00 73355.00 JPY Million Dec/19
Singapore 71697.00 74170.00 JPY Million Dec/19
Switzerland 68297.00 75161.00 JPY Million Dec/19
India 55720.00 43401.00 JPY Million Dec/19
Spain 35327.00 34460.00 JPY Million Dec/19
Belgium 29168.00 29905.00 JPY Million Dec/19
Japan Imports by Category Last Previous
Machinery & Transport Equipment 1917916.87 2027751.69 JPY Million Nov/19
Mineral Fuels 1549421.00 1317471.91 JPY Million Dec/19
Petroleum & Petroleum Products 922384.00 758273.70 JPY Million Dec/19
Miscellaneous Manufacturers Articles 807146.24 868940.18 JPY Million Nov/19
Petroleum 765281.00 630573.22 JPY Million Dec/19
Industrial Chemicals 654116.00 636384.00 JPY Million Nov/19
Chemicals 636793.00 682505.45 JPY Million Dec/19
Foodstuff 602964.00 614643.11 JPY Million Dec/19
Food & Live Animals 536280.33 530145.95 JPY Million Nov/19
Raw Materials 417113.00 419782.44 JPY Million Dec/19
Crude Materials, Inedible, Except Fuels 404790.89 404560.27 JPY Million Nov/19
Gas,natural & Manufactured 367477.09 361267.07 JPY Million Nov/19
Liquefied Natural Gas 363055.00 333484.53 JPY Million Dec/19
Transport Equipment 348926.00 280134.94 JPY Million Dec/19
Metalliferous Ores & Metal Scrap 275726.77 282027.16 JPY Million Nov/19
Telephony Telegraphy 262303.00 275337.84 JPY Million Dec/19
Clothing & Accessories 244236.00 239979.40 JPY Million Dec/19
Medical & Pharmaceutical Product 243286.00 278598.68 JPY Million Dec/19
Medical & Pharmaceutical Products 243286.00 278598.68 JPY Million Dec/19
Office Equipment 236138.47 229888.63 JPY Million Nov/19

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