Japan furniture imports down 16 per cent in 2018

Japan’s 2018 furniture imports showed a decline of 16 per cent, according to a report issued by the International Tropical Timber Organisation (ITTO). In 2018 the top suppliers in order of rank were China (62 per cent), Poland and Italy (six per cent each), the USA (five per cent) and Portugal (four per cent).

The top five shippers of wooden office furniture accounted for 83 per cent of all Japan’s imports of this category of furniture.

The value of Japan’s imports of wooden kitchen furniture in 2018 was some 15 per cent up on levels in 2018, and shipment was dominated by three shippers – the Philippines, Vietnam and China which provided 4 per cent, 35 per cent and 11 per cent respectively.

For bedroom furniture imports, Japan reported only a five per cent rise in imports in 2018, while  the top five shippers (China, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia and Poland) accounted for a massive 97 per cent of all wooden bedroom furniture imports.