Japan’s 64 oceangoing container ports handled a total of 17,413,872 TEUs of loaded and unloaded export and import containers in 2020, down 7.6% from the previous year, the Harbor Modernization Promotion Committee has announced. Exports of loaded containers suffered a double-digit decrease of 10.7%, amounting to 5,210,585 TEUs, while imports of such containers declined a milder 6.7% to 8,254,944 TEUs. Due to the escalation of the coronavirus pandemic, outgoing and incoming shipments both shrank in volume last year at both major and local ports.

The combined volume at the 12 major ports—the Big Five (Tokyo, Yokohama, Nagoya, Osaka and Kobe) and the seven second-tier ports (Shimizu, Yokkaichi, Kitakyushu, Chiba, Kawasaki, Shimonoseki and Hakata)—was 15,183,759 TEUs, down 7.8%. Focusing on full containers, 4,623,056 TEUs were exported, down 11.4%, and 7,275,026 TEUs were imported, down 6.6%.




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