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Japan’s Wine Imports Barely Recovered in 1H 2021

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The value of wines imported to Japan in the first half of the year almost matched the record seen in the same period last year. 

Data culled from the Customs and Tariff Bureau of Japan’s Finance Ministry showed that the country imported 83.2 billion yen worth of wines between January and June when Japan went under three declarations of a state of emergency due to threats of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Most wine imports came from France, which saw a 6% increase year-to-date to 46 billion yen compared to last year. Italian wines were the second biggest imports at 10.9 billion yen, rising by 5% over the previous year.

The importations of Chilean and American wines – coming in third and fourth, have not recovered in the first six months of the year, down 26% and 11%, respectively.

Moreover, wines from Spain, Australia, Germany and South Africa grew in value in the stated period, while lesser exports from New Zealand and Argentina were seen.

In June alone, wines from South Africa grew the most among top wine imports, doubling in value to 157 million yen from 72 million yen previously.

By major categories, the Japanese nation received more imported bottled wines in containers of more than 2 liters but less than 10 liters in the Jan-June period, while lesser sparkling and fortified wines from abroad entered its ports.

Japan’s Top 10 Wine Imports in 1H 2021

Rank Country Value in 2021 Value in 2020 % Change
1 France 46,040,587,000 yen 43,625,160,000 yen +6%
2 Italy 10,856,084,000 yen 10,388,484,000 yen +5%
3 Chile 7,903,415,000 yen 10,650,864,000 yen -26%
4 US 6,318,309,000 yen 7,093,480,000 yen -11%
5 Spain 6,218,604,000 yen 5,435,394,000 yen +14%
6 Australia 2,180,277,000 yen 2,062,293,000 yen +6%
7 Germany 876,150,000 yen 739,465,000 yen +19%
8 South Africa 522,520,000 yen 478,391,000 yen +9%
9 New Zealand 499,790,000 yen 623,551,000 yen -20%
10 Argentina 489,074,000 yen 649,159,000 yen -25%
Total 83,200,465,000 yen 83,258,265,000 yen =
Source: Japan Customs

Wine Import Category in 1H 2021

Wine Category Value in 2021 Value in 2020 % Change
Sparkling 28,660,348,000 yen 29,240,286,000 yen -2%
Fortified wines 195,825,000 yen 333,280,000 yen -41%
In containers more than 2L but not more than 10L 1,155,826,000 yen 1,083,284,000 yen +7%
Source: Japan Customs

Japan’s Top 10 Wine Imports in June 2021

Rank Country Value in 2021 Value in 2020 % Change
1 France 8,599,163,000 yen 6,278,802,000 yen +37%
2 Italy 2,551,590,000 yen 2,331,044,000 yen +10%
3 US 1,268,282,000 yen 911,854,000 yen +39%
4 Chile 1,210,085,000 ye 1,931,621,000 yen -37%
5 Spain 888,757,000 ye 1,501,136,000 yen -41%
6 Australia 405,367,000 yen 313,294,000 yen +29%
7 Germany 202,555,000 yen 151,496,000 yen +34%
8 South Africa 157,299,000 yen 72,111,000 yen +118%
9 Argentina 82,603,000 yen 157,174,000 yen -47%
10 New Zealand 60,175,000 yen 75,781,000 yen -21%
Total 16,209,700,000 yen 13,997,023,000 yen +16
Source: Japan Customs

Wine Import Category in June 2021

Wine Category Value in 2021 Value in 2020 % Change
Sparkling wine 5,114,283,000 yen 3,670,640,000 yen +39%
Fortified wines 27,292,000 yen 73,340,000 yen -63%
Bottled wines in containers more than 2L but not more than 10L 257,492,000 yen 246,647,000 yen +4%
Source: Japan Customs

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