Westbound container traffic from Asia to South Africa rose 1.5 per cent last year on 1996 to 138,000 teu (20 ft equivalent units). According to a Japanese news report, by country of origin, Japan registered 34,000 teu, levelling off from 1996, while South Korea suffered a 35.3 per cent plunge to 11,000 teu. By contrast, Taiwan saw a 6.3 per cent gain to 17,000 teu, and Hong Kong posted an impressive increase of 16.7 per cent to 42,000 teu. The total for Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia rose 3 per cent to 34,000 teu. This year's figures of South Africa-bound container flows from Japan are likely to be greatly enhanced by the planned containerisation of Toyota Motor Corp's CKD (complete knockdown) parts shipments. The car-maker plans to start containerising CKD shipments from Yokohama and Nagoya this month, by January, respectively. Once fully containerised, Toyota's CKD shipments will amount to 12,000 teu a year, although 1998 will not reach that level as the programme is phased in. Japan saw import cargo traffic from South Africa rise by 15 per cent to 23,000 teu from 1996, while South Korea showed a decline of 17.7 per cent to 5,000 teu. Both Taiwan and Hong Kong scored import increases of 5.3 per cent to 20,000 teu. The combined total for Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia came to 34,000 teu, down 10.9 per cent.