Cargo traffic in Japan’s Kobe port climbed 6.6% in January from a year earlier to 7.632 million tonnes, according to preliminary figures released by the Kobe municipal government on 15 April.
Of the 7.632 million tonnes, 4.010 million tonnes came from foreign trade, up 1.8% from a year earlier, and the remaining 3.622 million tonnes came from domestic trade, up a robust 12.5% year on year (y/y).
In foreign trade, Kobe exported 1.725 million tonnes of cargo, up 8.1%, and imported 2.285 million tonnes of cargo, down 2.5%.
Kobe handled 201,822 teu of containers in January, up 0.6% from the same month last year.
Of the 201,822 teu, 157,337 teu came from foreign trade, down 1.7% from a year earlier, and the remaining 44,485 teu came from domestic trade, up 9.8% y/y.
In January foreign trade, 83,551 teu were exported, up 3.5% from a year earlier, and 73,786 teu were imported, down 7.0% y/y.
Kobe was once Japan’s busiest port until the Hanshin earthquake in 1995 damaged much of the city’s infrastructure.