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%). source: Ministry of Finance, Japan

Imports in Japan averaged 3106.67 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 May 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 5900.00 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
6714.40 5820.62 8047.03 162.06 1963 - 2021 JPY Billion Monthly
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Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
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%
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%


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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 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
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 1576805.00 1445892.00 JPY Million Mar/21
European Union 798767.00 629378.00 JPY Million Mar/21
United States 790244.00 619564.00 JPY Million Mar/21
Australia 370199.00 327936.00 JPY Million Mar/21
South Korea 293980.00 241326.00 JPY Million Mar/21
Thailand 266428.00 225804.00 JPY Million Mar/21
Taiwan 257786.00 235571.00 JPY Million Mar/21
Germany 221128.00 214009.00 JPY Million Mar/21
Malaysia 194060.00 172560.00 JPY Million Mar/21
Indonesia 188197.00 153312.00 JPY Million Mar/21
Italy 110077.00 86468.00 JPY Million Mar/21
Philippines 109782.00 87731.00 JPY Million Mar/21
Russia 98337.00 99302.00 JPY Million Mar/21
France 97663.00 82419.00 JPY Million Mar/21
Switzerland 89981.00 78758.00 JPY Million Mar/21
Singapore 79126.00 66842.00 JPY Million Mar/21
United Kingdom 67331.00 59688.00 JPY Million Mar/21
India 62472.00 41149.00 JPY Million Mar/21
Belgium 43468.00 19685.00 JPY Million Mar/21
Netherlands 42016.00 27440.00 JPY Million Mar/21
Japan Imports by Category Last Previous
Machinery & Transport Equipment 2063164.38 1749459.78 JPY Million Mar/21
Mineral Fuels 1198880.00 1191248.00 JPY Million Mar/21
Miscellaneous Manufacturers Articles 804259.87 743554.01 JPY Million Mar/21
Chemicals 802407.00 621812.00 JPY Million Mar/21
Industrial Chemicals 775806.00 596507.00 JPY Million Mar/21
Petroleum & Petroleum Products 674288.00 556311.00 JPY Million Mar/21
Foodstuff 590392.00 464015.00 JPY Million Mar/21
Food & Live Animals 513799.28 412660.21 JPY Million Mar/21
Petroleum 509230.00 418173.00 JPY Million Mar/21
Raw Materials 504574.00 395248.00 JPY Million Mar/21
Crude Materials, Inedible, Except Fuels 485364.94 381451.03 JPY Million Mar/21
Gas,natural & Manufactured 361808.54 474663.92 JPY Million Mar/21
Medical & Pharmaceutical Product 356476.00 253263.00 JPY Million Mar/21
Medical & Pharmaceutical Products 356476.00 253263.00 JPY Million Mar/21
Metalliferous Ores & Metal Scrap 352212.22 268499.82 JPY Million Mar/21
Liquefied Natural Gas 297206.00 408223.00 JPY Million Mar/21
Office Equipment 270909.88 236379.23 JPY Million Mar/21
Telephony Telegraphy 257615.00 235725.00 JPY Million Mar/21
Transport Equipment 255113.00 219324.00 JPY Million Mar/21
Clothing & Accessories 240379.00 231143.00 JPY Million Mar/21

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