Imports to Japan rose 6.4% year-on-year to JPY 6.60 trillion in April 2019, above market expectations of a 4.8% increase and following a 1.2% rise in the previous month. Purchases were mainly nudged by growth in imports of transport equipment (15.1%), essentially aircraft (55.3%); foodstuff (11.8%); raw materials (7.5%), mostly iron ore & concentrates (25.2%) and mineral fuels (7.0%), namely oil (13.8%), LNG (5.8%) and coal (5.9%). Among main trade partners, purchases rose from China (5.9%), Australia (5.1%) and the US (2.3%). Imports in Japan averaged 3007.25 JPY Billion from 1963 until 2019, reaching an all time high of 8047.03 JPY Billion in January of 2014 and a record low of 162.06 JPY Billion in January of 1963.

Imports in Japan is expected to be 6450.00 JPY Billion by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. Looking forward, we estimate Imports in Japan to stand at 6300.00 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the Japan Imports is projected to trend around 6040.00 JPY Billion in 2020, according to our econometric models.

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Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2019-02-19 11:50 PM Imports YoY -0.6% 1.9% -2.8%
2019-03-17 11:50 PM Imports YoY -6.7% -0.8% -5.8%
2019-04-16 11:50 PM Imports YoY 1.1% -6.6% 2.6%
2019-05-21 11:50 PM Imports YoY 6.4% 1.2% 4.8% 2.1%
2019-06-18 11:50 PM Imports YoY
2019-07-17 11:50 PM Imports YoY
2019-08-18 11:50 PM Imports YoY


Japan Trade Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Balance of Trade 60.40 527.80 1608.67 -2795.12 JPY Billion [+]
Current Account 2847.87 2676.85 3360.40 -1456.11 JPY Billion [+]
Current Account to GDP 3.50 4.00 4.70 -1.00 percent [+]
Imports 6598.35 6672.82 8047.03 162.06 JPY Billion [+]
Exports 6658.75 7201.32 7681.69 105.08 JPY Billion [+]
External Debt 442747.00 446531.00 446531.00 141743.00 JPY Billion [+]
Terms of Trade 97.90 98.00 276.10 83.10 Index Points [+]
Foreign Direct Investment 12171.03 10505.53 71136.92 -3825.00 JPY Hundred Million [+]
Capital Flows 37960.00 25305.00 51996.00 -26928.00 JPY HML [+]
Tourism Revenues 27403000.00 15787000.00 27665000.00 821000.00 JPY Thousand [+]
Tourist Arrivals 2926700.00 2760100.00 2926700.00 225806.00 [+]
Gold Reserves 765.20 765.20 765.22 753.54 Tonnes [+]
Terrorism Index 2.93 3.60 3.60 0.00 [+]
Crude Oil Production 3.00 3.00 13.00 3.00 BBL/D/1K [+]

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Japan Imports

Japan main imports are: mineral fuels (21 percent of total imports) with petroleum accounting for 10 percent, electrical machinery (16 percent), machinery (10 percent), food (9 percent), manufactured goods (9 percent), chemicals (8 percent) and raw materials (6 percent). Japan's main import partners are China (25 percent), the United States (10 percent), Australia (5.4 percent), South Korea (4 percent), Saudi Arabia (3.9 percent), United Arab Emirates (3.6 percent) and Qatar (3.6 percent). This page provides the latest reported value for - Japan Imports - plus previous releases, historical high and low, short-term forecast and long-term prediction, economic calendar, survey consensus and news. Japan Imports - actual data, historical chart and calendar of releases - was last updated on May of 2019.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
6598.35 6672.82 8047.03 162.06 1963 - 2019 JPY Billion Monthly
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