Japan Market Overview


125.68 million

GDP (2021)

USD 4.94 trillion

Per Capita GDP

USD 39,285.2

GDP Growth


Source: World Bank 2021 (https://data.worldbank.org/)

Japan Imports 

The following information is a snapshot in time to give you a general overview of Japan’s top importing products. This information is sourced from FAO Globefish market profile for Japan (2020). Some of this information may change from time to time, therefore we encourage you to go directly to FAO Globefish for the most up-to-date information.

Imports – Top 10 Products (Value)


Shrimps, prawns

(HS 00306.17)

USD 1 325 853 730


Tunas, skipjack, stripebellied bonito

frozen fillets
(HS 0304.87)

USD 719 121 560


Shrimps, prawns

prepared or preserved, not in airtight containers
(HS 1605.21)

USD 635 229 180


Pacific salmon

frozen; excluding fillets, livers and roes
(HS 0303.12)

USD 566 724 050


Squid, cuttlefish

(HS 0307.43)

USD 533 917 600


Fish, other than species in 0304

frozen fillets
(HS 0304.89)

USD 499 411 160


Livers, roes, milt

(HS 0303.91)

USD 450 350 140


Fish, other than species in 1604

prepared or preserved; whole or in pieces
(HS 1604.19)

USD 447 599 940


Fish, other than species in 0304

frozen meat; excluding fillets, livers and roes
(HS 0304.99)

USD 444 764 070



(HS 0306.14)

USD 416 861 600

Source: FAO Globefish Market Profile for Japan – 2020 (https://www.fao.org/in-action/globefish/countries/en/)

Globefish provides information and analysis for global trade in fish and fish products. Search for information about the size of the market, the top imported product and formats as well as other important market information.  The information here is a snapshot from 2020 – check the link for more recent information.

FRDC Trade Database
Australian Exports to Japan

This database provides a wealth of seafood exporting and importing information with the ability to look at seafood production and trade data.
The database allows you to filter the data by year, export market destination and species. You also have the option to look at the data by seafood trade value or volume.

The FRDC database sources information from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Find seafood production and trade data for your products and markets

Seafood Specific Information

Micor Importing Requirements

Micor (Fish) sets out the know importing country requirements, which differ from or are additional to Australian export conditions and which must be met to gain market access.

Seafood Export Program Report

The latest summary report from the Australian Government on registrations, export shipments and markets, exports by product, and exports.

Japan Market Summary & Category Data for Fish & Seafood (Cod)

Japan Market Summary & Category Data for Fish & Seafood (Prawn)

Japan Market Summary & Category Data for Fish & Seafood (Salmon)

Japan Imported Lobster Market

Abalone in Japan

Generic information about exporting to Japan

Austrade Export Market Profile

To view a market profile that outlines information on doing business with Japan, news and insights, events, and information about visiting Japan.

Free Trade Agreement

The Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement (JAEPA) entered into force on 15 January 2015.

DFAT Japan Brief

Information about the land, people, history, government, political conditions, economy and foreign relations.

Relevant Japan Based Authorities

Ministry of Foreign Affairs Japan

Japan customs

Japan External Trade Organisation

Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry

Ministry of Finance

Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communication

Export Market Reports

Are you looking to diversify your seafood export markets, but not sure if a market is right for you and your business? SIA has developed a series of FREE market summaries and supply chain guides to help producers gain valuable insights into new markets and make informed business decisions.

Cod – market summary

Prawn – market summary

Salmon – market summary

Southern Bluefin Tuna – market summary

Swordfish – market summary

Tuna – market summary

Tuna, other – market summary

Japan supply chain guide