Japan’s container exports to the U.S. amounted to 53,695 TEUs in January (based on volumes at ports of origin), which increased 10.4% from the previous month and 17.9% from the corresponding month of 2023, according to Descartes Datamyne.

Containers moved directly on the route accounted for 33,583 TEUs, which jumped 42.5% year on year. In contrast, those transshipped on the way shrank 8.4% to 20,112 TEUs, which occupied 37.5% of the total, a decrease of more than 10 percentage points from 48.3% in January 2023.

Containers transshipped in South Korea only decreased 5.4% to 14,118 TEUs last month, which surged 46.5% from December 2023. Those transshipped in China and Taiwan both marked double-digit contractions of 13% to 2,521 TEUs and 24.9% to 1,887 TEUs, respectively.

By port of origin, Tokyo was responsible for 13,289 TEUs in January, up 30.4% from a year earlier; Nagoya, 9,755 TEUs, up 38.8%; and Kobe, 7,741 TEUs, up 43.5%. Yokohama shipped 2,138 TEUs, skyrocketing 350.1%, which has maintained triple-digit growth since May 2023. On the other hand, containers from Shimizu plummeted 18.6% to 254 TEUs.




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