Japan: Trends in office, kitchen and bedroom furniture imports

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Japan's imports of bedroom furniture increased in July reversing the downward trend for the past two months. Demand for imported kitchen furniture has improved slightly but was capped by the weak housing starts. Imports of office furniture have settled back into the steady and unchanged levels seen before the peak just before the consumption tax increase in April this year.

Office furniture imports (HS 9403.30)

Japan's July 2014 imports of office furniture were up 17% compared to levels in July 2013. China remains the major supplier (56%) with the bulk of the balance being supplier from the EU, notably Poland, Italy Germany and Portugal.

July 2014 office furniture imports (HS 9403.30)

  Imports
  July 2014
  Unit 1,000 Yen
S. Korea  279
China 141036
Taiwan P.o.C. 5590
Hong-Kong -
Vietnam 1145
Thailand -
Malaysia 1698
Philippines 327
Indonesia 11574
Sweden 307
Denmark 1517
UK 870
Netherlands -
Belgium -
France -
Germany 17566
Switzerland -
Portugal 14632
Italy 18978
Poland 22769
Lithuania 5898
Slovakia 3350
Canada -
USA 1553
Mexico 1477
Australia -
Total 250566

Source: Ministry of Finance, Japan

Kitchen furniture imports (HS 9403.40)

The top suppliers of kitchen furniture to Japan in July continued to be Vietnam (40%), Philippines (21%) and China (18%) which together supplied almost 80% of all kitchen furniture imports in July. The other major suppliers were all in SE Asia, Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines and Indonesia with the last two being the major suppliers in the region. Year on year, July 2014 imports of kitchen furniture barely changed from 2013.

July 2014 kitchen furniture imports

 

Imports
  July 2014

Unit 1,000 Yen

S. Korea -
China 215930
Taiwan P.o.C. 2752
Vietnam 464773
Thailand 11170
Malaysia 18858
Philippines 238203
Indonesia 151428
India -
Sweden 510
Denmark -
UK -
France -
Germany 27631
Portugal -
Italy 14416
Poland -
Austria -
Romania -
Lithuania 1901
Canada -
USA 4748
Total  1152320

Source: Ministry of Finance, Japan

Bedroom furniture imports (HS 9403.50)

Year on year Japan's imports of bedroom furniture were 13% up on levels in July 2013 and were also higher than in June this year. China, Vietnam and Thailand dominated bedroom furniture imports in July as they have since the beginning of the year. Other major suppliers include Malaysia, Poland and Romania.

July 2014 bedroom furniture imports

  Imports
2014 July
  Unit 1,000 Yen
S. Korea -
China 1106220
Taiwan P.o.C. 17787
Vietnam 470596
Thailand 111289
Singapore -
Malaysia 97663
Philippines 1173
Indonesia 75015
Kazakhstan -
Denmark 228
Sweden 13086
UK 548
France -
Germany 3621
Switzerland -
Spain 303
Italy 23085
Poland 75166
Austria 350
Romania 37847
Turkey -
Latvia -
Lithuania 17524
Bosnia and Herzegovina -
Slovakia 7003
USA 11841
Brazil -
New Zealand 688
Total 2071033

Source: Ministry of Finance, Japan

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