One year after the natural disasters struck Japan, the country has shown an impressive recovery despite countless challenges along the way. In April of last year, one month after the tragedy, U.S. imports from Japan decreased over 13% from March. Supply chain disruptions were widespread due to damaged factories, vessels, and ports. U.S. imports from Japan decreased 2.6% in 2011 compared to the previous year.
On the brighter side, imports from Japan are off to a positive start in 2012, with the first two months up 2.8% compared with 2011. February of this year posted the highest value of TEUs imported from Japan in one month since October of 2008, impressive figures to say the least. The graph below illustrates the trend of imports.
The Port of Sendai, in particular, was closest to the disaster area and was hit the worst. Containers and goods littered the nearby area, causing shipments to and from the port to be completely halted. One year later, the port has resumed activity and February of this year was the first month of significant imports from the port. Below is a breakdown of how the tragedy has affected port activity in Japan.