This, again, should've been posted last year.
Last year, for the first time Japan Customs released to the general public the Import/Export Report for Table Tennis Equipment
. It is one very detailed report, with data from as early as '88.
In simple English, Japan is losing sheet tons of money every friggin' year to China and Germany
(you'll see why Germany is larger). So stop for a second next time before cursing at Butterfly for grabbing your hard-earned cash, fellas!
Click to enlarge:
Both exports and imports increase by more than 30% year-on-year in 2015.
Exports have increased for the third consecutive year, while imports have increased for the fifth consecutive year. Both are the largest ever.
Both exports and imports increased rapidly with China and Germany.
Tokyo customs accounts for 90% of exports and 50% of imports.
The JTTA membership base sees a steady increase from 2009-2014.
General information about table tennis equipment.
Major countries of origin are:
Japan and China for Balls,
Japan, China, and Germany for Rubbers,
Japan, China, and Sweden for Blades,
Japan, China, and Germany for Tables.
Here is one interesting tidbit on the table color. It used to be deep green but the color blue was first introduced in 1991. The reason behind the change was to improve the image of table tennis. As to how it happened, head over here
to find out.
Exports on the left, imports on the right. Unit in 100 million yen. It is said 2014 WTTTC Tokyo was a huge boost to Japan table tennis, after the Women's team got a silver medal in 31 years. Increases in multiple age segments, especially middle-age and senior, led to more demand on equipment.
Exports/imports by countries and regions.
Exports left: China - South Korea - Germany - Taiwan - US
Imports right: China - Germany - Sweden - Taiwan - Hungary
The increase in exports to China has no specific cause but simply more demand for Japanese goods. For Germany, the jump is said to be a result of the plastic ball. In addition, Germany is an export hub for European countries.
For imports, the primary demand for China is rubbers, blades, and tables, whereas for Germany it is mostly rubbers. Sweden came in third, mostly for blades.
Exports/imports by ports.
For exports, Tokyo Port - Narita Airport - Yokohama Port - Osaka Port - Nagoya Port
For imports, Tokyo Port - Nagoya Port - Chubu Airport - Narita Airport - Osaka Port - Kobe Port - Kansai Airport - Yokohama Port
Essentially, the majority of table tennis gears travel in and out of Japan by sea. ~13% travel out and ~30% travel in by air.
Lots of numbers to crunch.
Japan recorded the first-ever trade deficit in 1995, then from 1999 to 2006, then 2012 till now.
On the top right are the exports/imports charts by countries and regions for 2015.
For exports(green), China, South Korea, Germany, Taiwan, US, Singapore, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Sweden, Others.
For imports(orange), China, Germany, Sweden, Taiwan, Hungary, Others.
If one were to take both the weight(in kg) and value(in thousand yen) into account, Germany
would be making the most profit, mostly by selling rubbers.
Edited by zeio - 01/07/2017 at 8:36pm