Exporters in China, Poland and Portugal continue to dominate Japan’s imported wooden office furniture(HS940330) sector. In January 2020, these three shippers accounted for over 80 per cent of the value of wooden office furniture imports. However, in January, shippers in Indonesia doubled their market share of imports to climb to around the same value as imports from both Portugal and Poland.
Year on year, Japan’s January 2020 imports of wooden office furniture declined by 8 per cent but there was a 15 per cent rise in January imports compared to the previous months.
Already in January some companies had been asking staff to work from home as a result of the coronavirus. Office furniture retailers had already started to see a rise in demand for home work stations and by the end of April, there was a strong demand even for second hand office furniture especially from individuals rather than enterprises.