Yokohama move hits Tokyo TEU activity
CONTAINER throughput at Japan's 12 major ports totalled more than 7.09 million 20 ft equivalent units (TEUs) last year, according to the Japan Container Association (JCA).
Export containers totalled 3.43 TEUs, down 0.6 per cent from the 1992 total, while import containers registered a 7.5 per cent increased to 3.65 TEUs, each on a packed-container basis.
With major carriers having moved their terminals to Yokohama Port, Tokyo Port saw both export and import movements fall.
Exports dropped by 21.3 per cent to 474,440 TEUs and imports by 9.8 per cent to 640,189 TEUs.
Substantial increases were seen in both export and import containers at Yokohama following the opening of new trade routes by leading carriers.
Exports at Yokohama were up 10.1 per cent to 903,497 TEUs and imports by 18.5 per cent to 874,210 TEUs.
Osaka Port export containers declined by 3.4 per cent to 228,378 TEUs, but imports increased by 10.7 per cent to 340,919 TEUs.
Kobe Port saw exports fall by 0.6 per cent to 1.05 million TEUs but imports rose by 8.7 per cent to 1.1 million TEUs.
At Shimizu, exports were up three per cent to 116,105 TEUs and imports 16.1 per cent up to 61,188 TEUs.
At Nagoya, exports rose by 5.1 per cent to 525,078 TEUs and imports by 7.5 per cent to 420,013 TEUs.