The Port of Kitakyushu handled 476,902 TEUs of oceangoing containers in 2019, down 0.1% from the previous year, according to the city of Kitakyushu’s seaport and airport bureau. Exports accounted for 243,306 TEUs, up 0.4%, and imports, 233, 596 TEUs, down 0.7%. Meanwhile, 61,548 TEUs were traded domestically to and from the port, down 14.3%. The total volume of containerized shipments processed last year at Kitakyushu amounted to 538,450 TEUs, down 2%.

In terms of tonnage, total container throughput was 30.66 million tons, consisting of 7.28 million tons of exports, up 0.1%, and 23.37 million tons of imports, down 7.5%.

Looking at exports by destination, those to South Korea aggregated 2.17 million tons, decreasing a mild 1.8% but managing to hold the largest share of the pie. Ranked second were those to China, which plunged 15.7% to 1.18 million tons. They were followed by containers to Taiwan, which swelled 3.2% to 1.04 million tons. Those to Thailand ballooned 57.5% to 600,000 tons, coming in fourth place. The fifth-greatest destination was Hong Kong, to which 330,000 tons were shipped, down 4.6%.

As for imports, those from Australia accounted for the largest part, but quantitatively, they plummeted 12.1% to 8.8 million tons. Finishing in second place, containers from China increased 8.3% to 3.8 million tons. Those from Canada hiked 8.1% to 2.4 million tons, coming in third. Taking fourth place, imports from South Korea weighed 1.6 million tons, down 5.7%. Ranked at the bottom of the top five were those from Russia, which fell 6.6% to 1.43 million tons.




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