Container exports from Japan to the U.S. steeply increased to 61,808 TEUs in May based on volumes at ports of origin in Japan, up 11.7% from a month earlier and 11.6% from a year earlier, accomplishing their first year-on-year growth in two months, according to American trade database Descartes Datamyne. It was the first time since July 2019 for monthly throughput to exceed 60,000 TEUs and the third time in the last 10 years. From May 2020, there was a notable improvement of 83.4%, more vividly showing they have recovered from the coronavirus crisis.

Direct shipments from Japan to the U.S. amounted to 35,526 TEUs, down 8.4%, while those transshipped in third countries/regions ballooned 58.4% to 26,282 TEUs, breaking the 20,000-TEU mark for three months running. They accounted for 42.5% of the total, passing the 40% line for two back-to-back months.  




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