Top Japan Export Data in 2023 - Tendata

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ten data blog11-05-2024

Based on Tendata's Japan export data, in 2023, Japan exported products worth $717.6 billion globally. Compared to $752.1 billion in 2022, this amounted to a year-on-year decrease of -4.6%.


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Japan's Top International Trade Partners

The latest Tendata Japan export data shows that 73.2% of Japan's export products were purchased by importers from the following countries: the United States (20.2%), Mainland China (17.6%), South Korea (6.5%), Taiwan (6%), Hong Kong (4.5%), Thailand (4.1%), Germany (2.7%), Singapore (2.6%), Vietnam (2.4%), Australia (2.3%), India (2.2%), and Indonesia (2%).


Tendata Japan export data indicates that, from the perspective of Mainland China, 56.4% of Japan's exports were sold to Asian countries, while 23.5% were sold to North American importers. Japan also exported an additional 13.4% of goods to Europe. A smaller proportion of buyers came from Oceania, primarily Australia and New Zealand (3%), Latin America (2.4%), followed by Africa (1.4%).


Top 10 Export Products from Japan

Based on two-digit HTS codes, Tendata's Japan export data shows that the top 10 exports accounted for 74.9% of its global shipment value:

1. Automobiles: $156.7 billion (21.8% of total exports)

2. Machinery including computers: $129.8 billion (18.1%)

3. Electrical machinery, equipment: $101.8 billion (14.2%)

4. Optical, technical, medical apparatus: $36.2 billion (5%)

5. Iron and steel: $30.6 billion (4.3%)

6. Plastics and plastic products: $23.6 billion (3.3%)

7. Precious metals and stones: $18.5 billion (2.6%)

8. Organic chemicals: $14.8 billion (2.1%)

9. Mineral fuels including oil: $12.8 billion (1.8%)

10. Other chemicals: $12.5 billion (1.7%)


Automobiles were the only product category among the top ten exports to see growth, with a 14.6% increase since 2022. The category with the largest decline among Japan's top ten exports was miscellaneous chemicals, down -12.7% year-on-year.


Tendata's Japan export data reveals that, at a more detailed HS code level, the top 10 specific export products from Japan were:

1.HS Code:56012100(13.63%, $1291.87 Million):Wadding of cotton and articles thereof (excl. sanitary towels and tampons, napkins and napkin liners for babies and similar sanitary articles, wadding and articles thereof impregnated or coated with pharmaceutical substances or put up for retail sale for

2.HS Code:29141200(11.57%, $1096.63 Million):Butanone "methyl ethyl ketone"

3.HS Code:49011000(6.99%, $662.27 Million):Printed books, brochures and similar printed matter, in single sheets, whether or not folded (excl. periodicals and publications which are essentially devoted to advertising) + detailed label not available +

4.HS Code:28416900(5.5%, $521.78 Million):Manganites, manganates and permanganates (excluding potassium permanganate)

5.HS Code:49019990(5.28%, $500.95 Million):OTH BOOKS, BROCHURES & SIMILAR PRINTED MATTER, WTR/ NOT IN SINGLE SHEETS

6.HS Code:83024999(2.84%, $268.81 Million):Bathroom curtain rods: the rest.

7.HS Code:3824999990(2.79%, $264.59 Million):Chemical products and preparations of the chemical or allied industries, incl. those consisting of mixtures of natural products, n.e.s: other : other : other : other

8.HS Code:49070010(2.18%, $206.22 Million):Unused postage, revenue or similar stamps of current or new issue in the country in which they have, or will have, a recognised face value; stamp-impressed paper; banknotes; cheque forms; stock, share or bond certificates and similar documents of title: U

9.HS Code:28334000(2.08%, $197.37 Million):Peroxosulphates "persulphates"

10.HS Code:34029013(1.98%, $187.88 Million):Surface-active preparations, washing preparations, incl. auxiliary washing preparations and cleaning preparations (excl. those put up for retail sale, organic surface-active agents, soap and organic surface-active preparations in the form of bars, cakes


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