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Ocean Freight to Japan

Japan is an Asian country. Japan was the world’s fourth-largest importer country in 2020, according to import data. In 2020, Japan’s imports reached USD 634.5 billion, decreasing 12% from 2019.

Japan imported products worth USD 720.9 billion in 2019, according to import figures. With a population of 125.8 million people, the value of Japan’s imports in 2020 equated to almost USD 5,000 in annual product demand from each individual in this densely populated Asian country.

Japan imports mineral fuels and oils, electronics, machines, pharma goods, and optical, photographic, and medical equipment in large quantities, according to shipping statistics. China, the United States, Australia, South Korea, Thailand, and Vietnam are the major import sources of Japan, according to trade data.

Today, Japan is one of the most powerful countries in the world. Despite its dense population, it has made the best use of its people resources. It is a market leader in the automotive and electronics industries, and it has pioneered significant technical advancements. Japan has around 300 ports, both small and large, that contribute to the country’s economic and infrastructure growth.

Import to Japan from UAE
Export from Japan to UAE
FCL or LCL Sea Shipping to Japan

FCL stands for ‘Full Container Load,’ and it refers to a container that is only used by one consignee. In international shipping, an FCL refers to a single container reserved only for the transportation of the shipper’s goods. The shipper is not required to share the container with other shippers’ cargo. This improves cargo safety and streamlines the management of ocean freight transportation.

Less than Container Load, or LCL, is used when the exporter does not need to book a full container since the goods do not require that much room. An LCL container is used for smaller shipments that need to be shipped cheaply and in a time-sensitive way.

Major Sea Ports in Japan
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Tokyo Port

The Tokyo port is located in Tokyo, which is the epicenter of Japanese industry, culture, and economics. Originally known as the Edo Port, it opened in 1941 with three terminals and was later enlarged to meet the demands of World War II. Many additional container terminals were established after the 1960s.

With an annual processing capacity of almost 90 million tonnes, the Port of Tokyo is still one of Japan’s and the Pacific’s busiest seaports. At its many ports and facilities, about 40,000 people are employed. This port is owned by the Tokyo Port Authority, and it handled 2.46 million TEU of cargo shipments in 2019, more than any other Japanese port.

The Tokyo Port covers 1000 hectares and has 204 wharves, 15 container berths, various storage yards, and cold storage facilities. It transports food, steel, paper, and automobiles throughout Japan, even to Hokkaido. China, South Korea, Southeast Asian countries, the Americas, and Europe are among its foreign trading partners.

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Kobe Port

The Kobe port, which is located in Honshu and has an average cargo handling capacity of 80 million tonnes annualy, is the country’s fourth economic hub. It features 34 berths for cargo handling. It is presently an unit of the Hanshin port complex. Every year, it handles around 8500 ships, 86,000,000 tonnes of bulk cargoes, 2,500,000 TEU, and 3000 passengers.
It handled 2,864,145 TEU of containerized cargo in 2019, 1,178,488 TEU of export cargo, and 1,006,807 TEU of imports in 2019.

The government of Kobe owns and operates this port. It has a well-protected port and has long maintained trading ties with Korea and China. It is at a strategic location, with access to over 450 port cities across the world. It is a well-known tourist resort as well as an important trade port. Passenger cruises and ferries use two terminals at the port.

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Nagoya Port

Nagoya port, located in Ise Bay, is the largest Japanese trading port, processing more than 10% of all Japanese foreign commerce. Toyota, a Japanese automobile manufacturer, ships the majority of its vehicles from this port to other regions of the world. Every year, around 1.4 million automobiles are exported to approximately 160 countries around the world. It also exports about 114 thousand motorcycles.

This port also handles dry bulk and liquid cargo, containerized commodities, liquid gas, metal products, packaged food, and forest goods such as logs, among other things. It features a natural harbor as well as constructed breakwaters. It has trade ties with China, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, and Australia, among others.

The Nagoya Port Authority owns and operates it. It contains 290 berths spanning over 33 kilometers. It contains 278 hectares of warehouse space, 53 hectares of protected storage space, 74 hectares of coal storage area, and so on.

It has 12 berths and 4 container terminals covering 146 hectares. The Tobishima Pier has two terminals: the South Terminal and the North Terminal. This pier is equipped with five tower cranes and other cutting-edge seaport equipment. North America, Western Europe, and Australia are its key trading partners.

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Osaka Port

Osaka Port is one of Japan’s most important ports, located in the Kinki district of Osaka near Osaka Bay. It can handle more than 80 million tons per year and trades with more than 140 countries. It handled 85,507,578 tonnes of cargo in 2019, including 35,669,619 tonnes of container cargo and 49,835,000 tonnes of ferry products.

It covers 4.8 million square meters and has 181 docks, including 70 for international exports, 110 for domestic trade, and 13 for containerized cargo. It transports a wide range of goods, including iron, iron ores, cars, automotive parts, steel, wood pulp, agricultural products, paper, and construction materials, including cement.

Yumeshima Container Terminal in this port is 1350 meters in length. It has three berths for North American, Australian, Taiwanese, and Southeast Asian commerce. The port’s Nanko area, or Sakishima section, offers six berths for international container shipping.

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Shipping cargo: Japan <--> UAE

Since the 1980s, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has been one of Japan‘s major partners in the Middle East. The UAE is an important market for Japanese exports, and Japanese investment in the UAE has been growing steadily. In recent years, the two countries have been working closely together to address regional and global challenges.

The UAE is a key partner for Japan in the Middle East, and the two countries have been working closely together to address regional and global challenges. The UAE is a major market for Japanese exports, and Japanese investment in the UAE has been growing steadily. In recent years, the two countries have signed a number of agreements to promote trade and investment and to cooperate on regional and global issues.

Market Update 2022

In 2022, Japan and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will continue to strengthen their economic ties, with trade between the two countries totaling $25.5 billion. The UAE is Japan‘s second–largest trading partner in the Middle East, and Japan is the UAE‘s third–largest trading partner globally. The two countries have a strong economic partnership, with cooperation in areas such as energy, infrastructure, and defense.

The UAE is a major market for Japanese exports, particularly in the areas of automobiles, machinery, and chemical products. In return, the UAE exports oil and gas to Japan. The UAE is also a major investor in Japan, with investments totaling $5.8 billion in 2017. The UAE is interested in investing in Japan‘s infrastructure, including the construction of a new airport in Osaka.

The two countries have strong political relations, and the UAE is a key ally of Japan in the Middle East. The UAE supported Japan‘s bid for a permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council, and the two countries cooperate on regional and global issues. In 2016, the UAE and Japan signed a Strategic Partnership Agreement, which committed the two countries to deepening their political, economic, and security cooperation.

Banned Products

In Japan, there are a variety of items that are banned from being imported into the country. These items include weapons and ammunition, illegal drugs, child pornography, and certain types of food. The ban on these items is in place to protect the citizens of Japan from harm.

There are a number of reasons why these items are banned from being imported into Japan. Weapons and ammunition are banned because they can be used to harm others. Illegal drugs are banned because they are illegal and can be harmful to those who use them. Child pornography is banned because it is illegal and can be harmful to children. Certain types of food are banned because they may be unsafe for consumption.

The ban on these items is enforced by the Japanese government. Those who attempt to import these items into Japan may be subject to arrest and prosecution.

Documents & Customs Clearance

Cargo customs clearance is the process of declaring goods to customs authorities in order to facilitate trade. In Japan, this process is governed by the Customs and Tariff Bureau of the Ministry of Finance. Declaring goods to customs allows for the proper assessment of duties and taxes, and also provides information that can be used for statistical purposes. The customs clearance process in Japan is generally efficient and straightforward, but there are some specific requirements that shippers should be aware of.

In order to clear cargo for customs in Japan, the following documents are needed: a commercial invoice, a packing list, a bill of lading, and a certificate of origin.

Rules & Regulations

When shipping to Japan, there are a few key things to keep in mind. First, all items must be properly labeled with both English and Japanese characters. Secondly, all items must be shipped via an insured and trackable method. Finally, any items that are considered restricted or dangerous must be properly declared and may require additional documentation. By following these simple rules, your shipping experience to Japan will be smooth and hassle–free.

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