Japan’s economy is mainly comprised of the service sector and is market-oriented and highly advanced. Together with its thriving manufacturing industry, it ranks 3rd nation comprising of the largest nominal GDP and 4th position based on PPP. Its economy is the second most developed worldwide and ranked among the top countries with the largest manufacturing industries of automobiles, electronics, and goods.
Currently, Japan is the 30th freest economy in the world with exports and imports combined value being 31.3% of the country’s GDP. The country is the 4th largest exporter in the world and steadily runs a trade surplus making the nation the largest creditor in the world. Most of its exports include manufactured goods, machinery and vehicles with imports being foodstuffs, fuel, industrial machinery and raw materials.
Japan is in the process of negotiating several free trade agreements while having EPAs with countries such as India, Australia, Indonesia, among others.
Japan oversees an extensive sea freight forwarding in most ports of the country, of which the biggest ones are described below:
Located in Tokyo, Japan, this port was opened in 1941. It deals with containerized goods, foodstuffs, general cargo, and automobiles. The port occupies more than 1,000ha and has a traffic capacity of about 100 million tons of cargo. Its container handling capacity is 4.5 million TEUs.
The port has good road connections to surrounding regions.
Opened in 1907, and located in Ise Bay, south of Nagoya, the port mostly deals with cars, automobile parts, rubber products, machinery, ore, and liquefied natural gas. It occupies more than 42,000,000 square meters.
The port handles around 165 million tons of cargo and a TEU container capacity of 2.7 million. It has good linkage by road to its nearby region.
Located in Kobe, Hyogo in Japan, the port was opened in 1868. It has plans underway of installing more cranes for better cargo handling. It has a container handling capacity of about 2.8 million TEU and more than 70 million cargo tonnage.
This port was opened in 1859 and covers about 35.5ha with 56 handling areas. It handles about 271 million tons of cargo and 2.8 million TEU of containers. It has around 6 mega container cranes and two 350m berths for container handling.
It has rail and road connections to surrounding regions.
This port was opened in 1868 for foreign trade purposes and is located in Osaka. It has a high-standard container terminal covering 1,350 meters with efficient operations. It occupies about 4.7ha of harbour and 1.9ha of the waterfront area.
Its annual cargo capacity is about 30 million tons of cargo with a TEU of 2.2 million.
Below describes an overview of air freight forwarding in major airports of Japan.
This airport is located in Narita, Japan and was opened in 1978. It has a state-of-the-art infrastructure that handles a cargo volume of more than 2 million tons of cargo. The airport has good rail and road links.
The airport was opened in 1955 and occupies about 3000 acres of land. It is located in Ota, Tokyo in Japan and handles more than 1.3 million tons of cargo. It provides comprehensive road and rail links.
This airport was opened in 1994 and is built on an artificial island in Osaka Bay. It handles a cargo tonnage of more than 850,000 through its state-of-the-art infrastructure. It has rail, road and ferry connections to other regions.
Situated in Fukuoka in Japan, the airport began its operations in 1944. It handles more than 240,000 tons of cargo mainly dealing with general cargo and foodstuffs. It contains a road connection to other areas in Japan.
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