Year-on-year, Japan’s imports of office furniture in April 2016 were up 14.5%, but compared to the previous month there was a slight drop in the value of imports, ITTO reported.
China continues as the major shipper of wooden office furniture to Japan. The relative position of the second and third ranked suppliers switches between Portugal, Poland and Italy every month. In April 2016 Portugal was ranked second followed by Poland.
In March this year Italy was ranked second followed by Poland. Despite the good performance of Portugal, Italy and Poland shippers in Asia account for the bulk of shipments of office furniture to Japan (64% in April 2016).
The top three suppliers account for almost 80% of Japan’s wooden office furniture imports but China saw its share of imports drop 22% from a month earlier but there was a spike in imports from Portugal. Portugal accounted for 16% of April imports.