U.S. Trade with Japan in 2021

Export Market Rank
#4 Among U.S. Agricultural Export Markets
Total Export Value
$15.56 Billion
3-Year Average
$13.94 Billion
Compound Average Growth
0.04% (2012-2021)
Total Export Value 2012 - 2021
Export Value by Commodity 2021

The new U.S.-Japan Trade Agreement will provide America’s farmers and ranchers enhanced market access in one of our largest agricultural export markets.

Top 10 Exports to Japan in 2021

Commodity Total Value (USD) Total Volume (Metric Tons) 10-Year Average Value (USD) 10-Year Growth
Corn $3.19 Billion 11.58 Million $2.36 Billion 7%
Beef & Beef Products $2.36 Billion 318,336 $1.7 Billion 129%
Pork & Pork Products $1.69 Billion 394,175 $1.7 Billion -15%
Soybeans $1.35 Billion 2.39 Million $1.05 Billion 20%
Wheat $702.19 Million 2.23 Million $774.95 Million -35%
Fish and Seafood $682.69 Million 173,374 $746.04 Million -12%
Forest Products $677.33 Million --- $724.36 Million -7%
Hay $512.76 Million 1.43 Million $464.15 Million -7%
Processed Vegetables $479.1 Million 392,985 $497.95 Million -14%
Tree Nuts $437.61 Million 76,442 $397.31 Million 50%

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Attaché Report (GAIN)

Japan: Japan 252nd Food Safety Group

Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) proposed revisions to Japan’s maximum residue levels for 5 agricultural chemicals (Acequinocyl, Isofetamid, Methoxyfenozide, Pyriproxyfen, and Mosapride) for various agricultural commodities.
Japan will require importers of U.S. products containing mackerel, Pacific saury, sardine, squid and cuttlefish to submit a newly approved Catch Certificate issued by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The requirement extends to all seafood originating from these species if the marine product is harvested after November 30, 2022.
Attaché Report (GAIN)

Japan: Agricultural Biotechnology Annual

This report provides the latest status of consumption, regulation, public perception, research, development, production, and use of agricultural biotechnology in Japan. Japan uses a science-based process for evaluating and granting approval for import and production of genetically engineered products.

News and Features

Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, the Republic of Korea, and the United States issued a joint statement following the conclusion of the 2022 APEC Food Security Ministers Meeting hosted by Thailand.
The updated agreement regarding beef tariffs will allow U.S. exporters to more reliably meet Japan’s growing demand for high-quality beef.
The new three-trigger safeguard mechanism will allow U.S. exporters to meet Japan’s growing demand for high-quality beef and reduce the probability that Japan will impose higher tariffs in the future.

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