Imports to Japan soared 27.9% yoy to JPY 6,448 billion in May 2021, above market forecast of a 26.6% rise and after a 12.8% gain in April. This was the fourth straight month of growth in inbound shipments, as domestic demand accelerated in the wake of the pandemic. Purchases of electrical machinery surged 24.7%, led by semiconductors (17.9%), and ICs (20.6%); while those of others jumped 23.2%, boosted by scientific instruments (12.8%); and those of chemicals climbed 31.2%, mainly due to medical products (61.1%). Also, there were rises in imports of machinery (3.7%), led by power generating (15.6%); manufactured goods (9.7%), led by nonferrous metals (10.6%); raw materials (49.1%), due to ore of nonferrous (21.4%); mineral fuels (70.5%); transport equipment (68.7%). Purchases rose from China (4.8%), Hong Kong (72%), Taiwan (14.2%), South Korea (34.1%), Thailand (11.6%), the US (28.7%), Germany (26%), and Australia (40.7%). By contrast, imports shrank from Singapore (-17.6%). source: Ministry of Finance, Japan

Imports in Japan averaged 3116.89 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 July of 2021.

Imports in Japan is expected to be 6800.00 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 6500.00 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
6448.42 6925.79 8047.03 162.06 1963 - 2021 JPY Billion Monthly
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Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2021-03-16 11:50 PM Feb 11.8% -9.5% 11.9%
2021-04-18 11:50 PM Mar 5.7% 11.8% 4.7%
2021-05-19 11:50 PM Apr 12.8% 5.8% 8.8%
2021-06-15 11:50 PM May 27.9% 12.8% 26.6%


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Japan Imports Grow More than Expected
Imports to Japan soared 27.9% yoy to JPY 6,448 billion in May 2021, above market forecast of a 26.6% rise and after a 12.8% gain in April. This was the fourth straight month of growth in inbound shipments, as domestic demand accelerated in the wake of the pandemic. Purchases of electrical machinery surged 24.7%, led by semiconductors (17.9%), and ICs (20.6%); while those of others jumped 23.2%, boosted by scientific instruments (12.8%); and those of chemicals climbed 31.2%, mainly due to medical products (61.1%). Also, there were rises in imports of machinery (3.7%), led by power generating (15.6%); manufactured goods (9.7%), led by nonferrous metals (10.6%); raw materials (49.1%), due to ore of nonferrous (21.4%); mineral fuels (70.5%); transport equipment (68.7%). Purchases rose from China (4.8%), Hong Kong (72%), Taiwan (14.2%), South Korea (34.1%), Thailand (11.6%), the US (28.7%), Germany (26%), and Australia (40.7%). By contrast, imports shrank from Singapore (-17.6%).
2021-06-16
Japan Import Growth Accelerates
Imports to Japan grew by 12.8% yoy to a 27-month high of JPY 6,926 billion in April 2021, above market forecast of an 8.8% rise and after a 5.8% gain in March, amid a further recovery in domestic demand in the wake of the pandemic. Purchases of electrical machinery grew by 18.3%, led by semiconductors (25.0%), ICs (29.3%). Also, imports of others went up by 9.4%, boosted by scientific instruments (5.1%). In addition, arrivals rose for chemicals (4.7%), mainly due to medical products (17.0%); machinery (3.0%), led by power generating (2.2%); manufactured goods (4.1%), led by nonferrous metals (60.8%); raw materials (41.1%), due to ore of nonferrous (28.5%). Also, arrivals of mineral fuels rose by 22.3% and those of (-11.6%), and transport equipment grew by 10%. Purchases rose from China (0.7%), Hong Kong (156.4%), Taiwan (25.6%), South Korea (19.4%), Thailand (8.6%), the US (5.8%), Germany (0.5%), and Netherlands (9.4%). By contrast, imports shrank from Singapore (-18.8%).
2021-05-20
Japan Imports Rise More than Estimated
Imports to Japan went up 5.7% yoy to a 14-month high of JPY 6.71 billion in March 2021, above market expectations of a 4.7% rise and after an 11.8% gain in February, amid a further recovery in domestic demand in the wake of the pandemic. Purchases of electrical machinery grew by 10.3%, led by semiconductors (6.6%), ICs (6.6%). Also, imports of others went up by 6.5%, boosted by scientific instruments (6.5). In addition, arrivals increased for chemicals (15.8%), due to medical products (27.3%) and organic chemicals (2.9%); machinery (15.5%), driven by computers (21.9); manufactured goods (10%), led by nonferrous metals (18.2%); raw materials (30%), due to ore of nonferrous (24.4%). In contrast, imports fell for mineral fuels (-11.6%), and transport equipment (-10.4%). Purchases went up from China (10%), Taiwan (8.7%), South Korea (11%), Thailand (15.4%), the US (6.5%), Germany (11.2%), and Netherland (87.3). By contrast, imports shrank from Australia (-8.5%), and Russia (-12.4%).
2021-04-19
Japan Imports Rebound 11.8% YoY
Imports to Japan rebounded 11.8 percent year-on-year to JPY 5.82 trillion in February of 2021, practically matching consensus of an 11.9 percent increase. Purchases were mainly nudged by manufactured goods (29.2 percent), machinery (29.1 percent), and electrical machinery (31.8 percent), more than offsetting a 9.1 percent fall in imports of mineral fuels. Among major trading partners, purchases were led by a 114.5 percent surge in imports from China.
2021-03-17

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 1584446.00 1749426.00 JPY Million May/21
European Union 805131.00 786669.00 JPY Million May/21
United States 743639.00 738419.00 JPY Million May/21
Australia 402013.00 372934.00 JPY Million May/21
South Korea 271348.00 294056.00 JPY Million May/21
Taiwan 270787.00 331107.00 JPY Million May/21
Germany 223332.00 203187.00 JPY Million May/21
Thailand 215898.00 239074.00 JPY Million May/21
Malaysia 152760.00 180383.00 JPY Million May/21
Indonesia 146425.00 165858.00 JPY Million May/21
Russia 115067.00 111352.00 JPY Million May/21
Belgium 110791.00 87656.00 JPY Million May/21
Italy 104078.00 97807.00 JPY Million May/21
Philippines 92605.00 95515.00 JPY Million May/21
Singapore 78448.00 65986.00 JPY Million May/21
France 76377.00 89371.00 JPY Million May/21
Switzerland 76058.00 82974.00 JPY Million May/21
United Kingdom 59961.00 66993.00 JPY Million May/21
India 43285.00 60163.00 JPY Million May/21
Spain 42041.00 45743.00 JPY Million May/21
Japan Imports by Category Last Previous
Machinery & Transport Equipment 1935063.62 2060039.13 JPY Million May/21
Mineral Fuels 1054058.00 1204686.00 JPY Million May/21
Chemicals 851738.00 789091.00 JPY Million May/21
Industrial Chemicals 827000.00 758648.00 JPY Million May/21
Miscellaneous Manufacturers Articles 703612.93 810285.27 JPY Million May/21
Petroleum & Petroleum Products 595727.00 763180.00 JPY Million May/21
Foodstuff 582041.00 666939.00 JPY Million May/21
Raw Materials 533472.00 584242.00 JPY Million May/21
Crude Materials, Inedible, Except Fuels 517589.75 566003.80 JPY Million May/21
Food & Live Animals 509641.08 585623.60 JPY Million May/21
Petroleum 430777.00 590193.00 JPY Million May/21
Medical & Pharmaceutical Product 403583.00 342649.00 JPY Million May/21
Medical & Pharmaceutical Products 403583.00 342649.00 JPY Million May/21
Metalliferous Ores & Metal Scrap 377672.87 424911.46 JPY Million May/21
Gas,natural & Manufactured 284354.86 273346.92 JPY Million May/21
Transport Equipment 279854.00 286335.00 JPY Million May/21
Non-ferrous Metals 263501.00 237306.00 JPY Million May/21
Telephony Telegraphy 238129.00 293953.00 JPY Million May/21
Liquefied Natural Gas 234160.00 218295.00 JPY Million May/21
Office Equipment 227670.25 241460.49 JPY Million May/21

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