Container exports from Japan to the U.S. in October decreased 1.9% from the same month of last year to 43,823 TEUs, registering the first year-on-year contraction in eight months since February, according to American research company Descartes Datamyne. From the previous month, they shrank 4.2%.

Shipments moved directly from Japan to the U.S. accounted for 27,034 TEUs, which plunged 21.8%. Meanwhile, those from Japan that were transshipped in third countries and regions jumped 71.6% to 17,356 TEUs in total, setting a new record. Containers transshipped in South Korea accounted for 12,344 TEUs, up 70.5% and in China 2,281 TEUs, up 61.4%. Those moved via Taiwan increased a more notable 225.1% to 1,385 TEUs.

Looking at direct shipments from Japan to the U.S. by origin, 11,005 TEUs were from Tokyo, down 33%; 8,768 TEUs from Nagoya, down 14.8%; and 4,773 TEUs from Kobe, down 29.1%. In contrast, those from Yokohama more than tripled, skyrocketing 274.5% to 925 TEUs, while those from Shimizu plummeted 24.4% to 371 TEUs.




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