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Japan’s Top 10 Wine Exporting Countries in August 2021

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Japan’s wine importation in August expanded by 2.6 billion yen or 21% over the same month a year ago.

Data culled from the Customs and Tariff Bureau of Japan’s Finance Ministry showed that a total of 15.4 billion yen (US$138 million) wine imports entered the country in the month. 

The growth in importation was driven by year-on-year increases in wine imports from France, Italy, and Spain, the country’s top three wine exporters for the month. 

On the flip side, the country saw fewer imported wines from Chile, the US, and Australia in the month compared to the same period last year.

Worth noting is the two to seven times jump in the value of wine imports from Germany, New Zealand, Argentina and Portugal compared to their records in August in the previous year.

By category, imported sparkling wines that entered Japan went up 43% in value to 6.7 billion yen while overseas fortified wines more than doubled to 56.5 million yen. There was a 9% contraction in the value of imported wines in containers over 2 liters but less than 10 liters.

Year to date, Japan received 114.4 billion yen (US$1.02 billion) worth of imported wines, a 7% growth over the same January-August period in 2020.

Japan’s Top 10 Wine Exporters in August 2021 vs 2020

Rank Country Value in 2021 Value in 2020 % Change
1 France 9,614,901,000 yen 7,348,074,000 yen +31%
2 Italy 1,789,208,000 yen 1,298,584,000 yen +38%
3 Spain 1,237,632,000 yen 910,533,000 yen +36%
4 Chile 959,568,000 yen 1,356,652,000 yen -29%
5 US 760,496,000 yen 984,605,000 yen -23%
6 Australia 273,191,000 yen 378,691,000 yen -28%
7 Germany 235,060,000 yen 96,467,000 yen +144%
8 New Zealand 146,206,000 yen 58,254,000 yen +151%
9 Portugal 105,486,000 yen 14,492,000 yen +628%
10 Argentina 62,012,000 yen 25,878,000 yen +134%
Total 15,393,592,000 yen 12,738,330,000 yen +21%
Source: Japan Customs

Bottled Wine Categories in August 2021 vs 2020

Wine Category Value in 2021 Value in 2020 % Change
Sparkling 6,734,829,000 yen 4,724,366,000 yen +43%
Fortified 56,451,000 yen 23,647,000 yen +139%
Over 2L but less than 10L 227,466,000 yen 249,855,000 yen -9%
Source: Japan Customs

Japan’s Top 10 Wine Exporters YTD vs 2020

Rank Country Value in 2021 Value in 2020 % Change
1 France 64,919,125,000 yen 56,187,046,000 yen +16%
2 Italy 14,396,191,000 yen 13,118,845,000 yen +10%
3 Chile 10,265,685,000 yen 13,920,563,000 yen -26%
4 Spain 8,534,225,000 yen 7,365,599,000 yen +16%
5 US 8,266,112,000 yen 8,787,231,000 yen -6%
6 Australia 2,894,699,000 yen 2,744,250,000 yen +5%
7 Germany 1,322,766,000 yen 985,791,000 yen +34%
8 New Zealand 720,324,000 yen 786,151,000 yen +151%
9 South Africa 654,043,000 yen 692,685,000 yen -6%
10 Portugal 623,574,000 yen 580,939,000 yen +7%
Total 114,435,634,000 yen 106,951,614,000 yen +7%
Source: Japan Customs

Bottled Wine Categories YTD vs 2020

Wine Category Value in 2021 Value in 2020 % Change
Sparkling 41,343,032,000 yen 36,357,600,000 yen +14%
Fortified 318,791,000 yen 379,905,000 yen -16%
Over 2L but less than 10L 1,679,388,000 yen 1,553,282,000 yen +8%
Source: Japan Customs

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