Cargo traffic increased by 5% in the port of Kobe, western Japan, in March from a year earlier to 8.608 million tonnes because of a big improvement in domestic trade, according to preliminary figures released by the Kobe municipal government.
Of the 8.608 million tonnes, 4.536 million tonnes came from foreign trade, up 0.6% from a year earlier, and the remaining 4.072 million tonnes came from domestic trade, up 10.4% year on year (y/y).
In its March’s foreign trade, Kobe exported 2.11 million tonnes of cargo, up 4%, and imported 2.425 million tonnes of cargo, down 2.2%.
Kobe handled 658,557 teu between January and March, up 5.3% from the same three-month period last year. Figures for only March were not available immediately.
Of the 658,557 teu handled in January-March, 513,889 teu came from foreign trade, up 4.5% from a year earlier, and the remaining 144,668 teu came from domestic trade, up 8.1% y/y.
During January-March, 271,907 teu were exported, up 3.8% from a year earlier, and 241,982 teu were imported, up 5.4% y/y.