TOKYO: The volatility in the value of Japan’s imports of wooden bedroom furniture continued into June 2017. After appearing to recover in May the value of June 2017 imports dipped again dropping 9%, as ITTO reported. Year-on-year, June 2017 imports of wooden bedroom furniture dropped 9%. China was the main supplier in June, continuing its dominance of bedroom furniture imports into Japan but June shipments from China were flat.
On the other hand, shipments from the other main suppliers, Vietnam and Malaysia, were moving in opposite directions. June shipments from Vietnam dropped 20% while shipments from Malaysia rose 11%. The top three suppliers of wooden bedroom furniture toJapan in June were China (62% of all arrivals), Vietnam 25% of arrivals and Malaysia a modest 3% of arrivals. For the first time this year the value of shipments from Mexico was high enough to enter the top shippers.