Total imports of building products to Japan for the five-month period from January to May 2011 increased 15.4% to 459.1 billion yen (about US$5.89 billion at 78.00 yen/US$), compared to 397.7 billion yen (about US$4.53 billion at 87.78 yen/US$) for the same period in 2010. Imports from the United States decreased 3.0% to 28.2 billion yen (US$361.3 million) from January to May 2011, compared to 29.1 billion yen (US$331.0 million) in the same period in 2010.
Value of Imports of Building Products
The following tables show the value of the total imports of building products and the imports of building products from the United States by Harmonized System Code (HS Code). The HS Codes in the tables include most building products, both residential and non-residential, and show trends in both total imports and in imports from the United States.
The Harmonized System Codes (HS Codes), also known as Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) codes and shown in the tables below, are the standard international codes used for trade and to categorize products. For example, wooden windows and doors are included in HS Code 4418. Steel, aluminum and vinyl doors are included in HS Code 7308, 7610 and 3925, respectively. For details on HS Codes, please review “2011 U.S. Tariff and Trade Data for a Specific Product” at http://dataweb.usitc.gov/scripts/tariff_current.asp.