Imports to Japan fell 9.5 percent year-on-year to JPY 6.10 trillion in January of 2021, compared with market forecasts of a 6.0 percent slump. Purchases were mainly dragged by mineral fuels (-27 percent); chemicals (-11.1 percent) and machinery (-6.2 percent). In contrast, imports of electrical machinery jumped 10.6 percent. Among major trading partners, purchases went down mainly from China (-0.9 percent) and Hong Kong (-9.8 percent). source: Ministry of Finance, Japan

Imports in Japan averaged 3097.60 JPY Billion from 1963 until 2021, 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 March of 2021.

Imports in Japan is expected to be 5800.00 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 6200.00 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the Japan Imports is projected to trend around 6200.00 JPY Billion in 2022 and 6540.00 JPY Billion in 2023, according to our econometric models.

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Japan Imports

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
6103.69 5956.64 8047.03 162.06 1963 - 2021 JPY Billion Monthly
Current Prices, NSA


Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2020-11-17 11:50 PM Oct -13.3% -17.4% -9%
2020-12-15 11:50 PM Nov -11.1% -13.3% -10.5% -12%
2021-01-20 11:50 PM Dec -11.6% -11.1% -14%
2021-02-16 11:50 PM Jan -9.5% -11.6% -6% -3%


News Stream
Japan Imports Drop More than Expected
Imports to Japan fell 9.5 percent year-on-year to JPY 6.10 trillion in January of 2021, compared with market forecasts of a 6.0 percent slump. Purchases were mainly dragged by mineral fuels (-27 percent); chemicals (-11.1 percent) and machinery (-6.2 percent). In contrast, imports of electrical machinery jumped 10.6 percent. Among major trading partners, purchases went down mainly from China (-0.9 percent) and the US (-14 percent).
2021-02-16
Japan Imports Drop Less than Estimated
Imports to Japan fell 11.6 percent year-on-year to JPY 5.96 trillion in December 2020, compared with market forecasts of a 14 percent slump. This marked the 20th consecutive month of decline in inbound shipments, as the COVID-19 pandemic hit domestic demand. Purchases were mainly dragged by mineral fuels (-36.3 percent), nudged lower by a 47.9 percent plunge in petroleum. Also, imports of foodstuff fell 2.7 percent and those of chemicals 7.7 percent. Conversely, purchases rose for both electrical machinery and machinery 0.2 percent and 1.2 percent, respectively. Imports dropped from South Korea (-6.5 percent), Taiwan (-5.2 percent), Vietnam (-3.3 percent), ASEAN (-4.1 percent), the US (-21.9 percent), the EU (-3.5 percent) and the Middle East (-39.1 percent), whereas purchases from China increased 1.8 percent. Considering full 2020, imports plunged 13.8 percent, after a 5 percent fall in 2019.
2021-01-21
Japan Imports Drop For 19th Consecutive Month
Imports to Japan dropped 11.1 percent year-on-year to JPY 5.75 trillion in November 2020, compared with market forecasts of a 10.5 percent plunge. This marked the 19th consecutive month of fall in inbound shipments, as the COVID-19 pandemic hit domestic demand. Purchases were mainly dragged by mineral fuels (-40.2 percent), nudged lower by a 50.2 percent plunge in petroleum. Also, imports of foodstuff fell 12.7 percent and those of chemicals 9.2 percent. In contrast, purchases of electrical machinery surged 15 percent. Imports fell from South Korea (-12 percent), ASEAN (-4.5 percent), the US (-13.9 percent), the EU (-17.3 percent) and the Middle East (-45.9 percent), whereas purchases from China increased 6.7 percent.
2020-12-16
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
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 1719626.00 1568570.00 JPY Million Jan/21
European Union 689842.00 699067.00 JPY Million Jan/21
United States 586240.00 585226.00 JPY Million Jan/21
Australia 369050.00 353126.00 JPY Million Jan/21
Taiwan 265708.00 237467.00 JPY Million Jan/21
South Korea 255346.00 264120.00 JPY Million Jan/21
Thailand 212803.00 230751.00 JPY Million Jan/21
Germany 209040.00 206267.00 JPY Million Jan/21
Malaysia 161884.00 153922.00 JPY Million Jan/21
Indonesia 141086.00 155065.00 JPY Million Jan/21
Italy 88573.00 98329.00 JPY Million Jan/21
France 86097.00 115720.00 JPY Million Jan/21
Russia 85318.00 115221.00 JPY Million Jan/21
Philippines 80159.00 86577.00 JPY Million Jan/21
Singapore 71143.00 66796.00 JPY Million Jan/21
Switzerland 65462.00 77819.00 JPY Million Jan/21
United Kingdom 56208.00 64078.00 JPY Million Jan/21
India 49191.00 36892.00 JPY Million Jan/21
Spain 29455.00 28241.00 JPY Million Jan/21
Belgium 28784.00 18693.00 JPY Million Jan/21
Japan Imports by Category Last Previous
Machinery & Transport Equipment 2058619.07 1972611.71 JPY Million Jan/21
Mineral Fuels 1099678.00 987758.00 JPY Million Jan/21
Miscellaneous Manufacturers Articles 747003.81 742723.17 JPY Million Jan/21
Chemicals 628746.00 588334.00 JPY Million Jan/21
Industrial Chemicals 562576.00 593162.00 JPY Million Dec/20
Petroleum & Petroleum Products 519947.00 509133.00 JPY Million Jan/21
Foodstuff 495124.00 586816.00 JPY Million Jan/21
Food & Live Animals 425128.49 506366.88 JPY Million Jan/21
Raw Materials 415261.00 407942.00 JPY Million Jan/21
Petroleum 402568.00 399580.00 JPY Million Jan/21
Crude Materials, Inedible, Except Fuels 401992.49 394597.62 JPY Million Jan/21
Liquefied Natural Gas 365775.00 298362.00 JPY Million Jan/21
Telephony Telegraphy 362893.00 288506.00 JPY Million Jan/21
Gas,natural & Manufactured 340758.84 244137.09 JPY Million Dec/20
Transport Equipment 298558.00 297442.00 JPY Million Jan/21
Office Equipment 296825.39 254132.03 JPY Million Jan/21
Metalliferous Ores & Metal Scrap 290246.20 270641.42 JPY Million Dec/20
Medical & Pharmaceutical Product 269020.00 232842.00 JPY Million Jan/21
Medical & Pharmaceutical Products 269020.00 232842.00 JPY Million Jan/21
Computer & Units 254593.00 216766.00 JPY Million Jan/21

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