Container exports from Japan to China shrank 8.4% year on year to 680,336 tons in May, having incurred a year-on-year contraction for three months in a row, according to statistics compiled by the Japan Maritime Center (JMC) from trade data provided by the Ministry of Finance (MOF). In terms of value, in contrast, they grew 4.4% to \764.2 billion (US$5.59 billion), having increased year on year for the fourth month in a row.

Imports from China to Japan increased 6.3% to 1.882 million tons, which have registered their first year-on-year improvement in four months. They were valued at \1.416 trillion ($10.361 billion), which swelled 28.9% and registered their first year-on-year improvement in two months.

In the first five months (January-May), Japan's exports to China amounted to 3.578 million tons in volume, down 8.2%, and \3.889 trillion ($28.456 billion) in value, up 4.3%. Its imports from China weighed 88.06 billion tons, down 1%, and were worth \6.374 trillion ($46.639 trillion), up 15.7%.




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