Japan June chemical exports grow 21%; plastic shipments up 12%

24 July 2013 05:56  [Source: ICIS news]

TOKYO (ICIS)--Japan’s chemical exports in June grew by 21% year on year to yen (Y) 634.8bn ($6.4bn), official data released on Wednesday by the country’s Ministry of Finance showed.

Among the chemical products, exports of organic compounds rose by 53% to Y203.7bn, while shipments of plastics abroad increased by 12% to Y197.8bn, according to the ministry.

Export volume of plastics was 490,843 tonnes in June, down by 0.6% from the same time a year before, based on the statistics.

Japan’s overall exports rose by 7.4% year on year to Y6,061bn, while imports increased by 12% to Y6,242bn, according to the ministry.

The country posted a trade deficit of Y180.8bn in June 2013, swinging from a surplus of Y56.1bn in the same period last year.

($1 = Y99.44)

By: Tomomi Yokomura
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