The third wealthiest economy in the world receives an overall of 524,100 million dollars in exports from third countries per year. Among others, Japan receives energy resources and minerals, as well as meat to satisfy the strong domestic demand. The ocean freight transportation to Japan from the European Union countries has developed since the second half of the 20th century, and the EU is one of the main trading partners of Japan. Despite this, Japan’s balance of trade is positive, which highlights its prosperity.
The economic rise experimented by Japan since the end of the Second World War, along with a strict control on productivity and a massive investment in industry, has made the ocean freight transportation to Japan one of the most attractive business activities in the world.
In case the volumen for your shipment ranges between 11 and 25 europallets (each europallet has dimensions of 1.2m x 0.8m) or 10 and 21 standard pallets or its multiples (the size of each standard American pallet is 39.37 inches wide and 47.24 inches long), you will enjoy the greatest cost efficiency for your transport dollar, since this is the exact respective maximum capacity of the 20-foot and 40-foot containers that you will have at your disposal.
In that way, the exporter can optimize his shipping costs because the container is filled up. Remember that FCL shipping is a cost-effective solution when more than half of a container is filled. Besides, a Full Container Load is also an excellent option for the exporter who wants to prevent his goods from being exposed to the products belonging to other traders, thus avoiding any damage or contamination that may occur.
In other situations, when you don’t have enough cargo to fill up a container, shipping a container to Japan with the groupage modality will undoubtedly be the best alternative. This way involves sharing the container with other goods belonging to other traders, but you pay only for the space used by your cargo, with great savings on your shipping costs.
Japanese foreign trade is more than 1000 billion dollars in imported and exported goods. Although Japan is a small country, such volume makes necessary to have a large number of ports that all are along the coast: Tokyo, Kobe, Osaka, Akita, Hakata/Fukuoka, Hiro, Imabari, Iwakuni, Matsuyama, Moji, Moji (Kitakyushu), Nagoya (Aichi), Nagoya (Oita), Naha (Okinawa), Naoetsu, Niigata, Omaezaki, Sendai (Kagoshima), Shimizu, Tomkowai, Toyama, Yokkaichi and Yokohama.
If the delivery time for your cargo is crucial and you have few days to deliver it to the importer or buyer, we suggest quoting an air freight shipment << insure that your cargo complies with the limitations concerning volume and weight on air shipments >>by using the calculator provided by iContainers.