Executive Briefings

Number of U.S. Import Shipments and Their Volume Decrease 4.57 Percent in June

U.S. import shipment volume for June, measured in TEUs, decreased 4.57 percent from May and 7.38 percent from June of 2010, according to Zepol Corporation, a trade intelligence company. The total number of shipments also decreased 4.79 percent from May and more than 6 percent from June of 2010. Year to date, total TEUs are up 4.80 percent this year over last year.

Key statistics from this Month's Update:

1.    The overall June decrease was largely caused by the nearly 6-percent decrease in incoming shipments from Asia. China played a large part in this, with a 5.82-percent decrease in shipments. Japan, however, showed a 2.53-percent increase in incoming shipments. Similar to Asia, Central America and South America exhibited a 4.85-percent and 7.56-percent decrease, respectively, while Europe looked promising with a slight import decrease of only 0.14 percent.

2.    The Pacific, South Atlantic and Mid-Atlantic ports in the U.S. each showed a decrease of 6.18 percent, 2.93 percent, and 5.34 percent, respectively, of incoming shipments. The ports in California ended their two-month-long streak of rising imports and posted an 8-percent decrease when compared to June of 2010.

3.    Maersk Line maintains their number one carrier spot, although they showed a 4.53-percent decrease in TEUs from May. While the majority of carriers suffered a similar decrease in TEUs in June, Orient Overseas Container Line recorded a healthy 3.54-percent increase, keeping them within our top 10 carriers list.

Zepol's data is derived from bills of lading entered into the Automated Manifest System.

Source: Zepol Corporation

U.S. import shipment volume for June, measured in TEUs, decreased 4.57 percent from May and 7.38 percent from June of 2010, according to Zepol Corporation, a trade intelligence company. The total number of shipments also decreased 4.79 percent from May and more than 6 percent from June of 2010. Year to date, total TEUs are up 4.80 percent this year over last year.

Key statistics from this Month's Update:

1.    The overall June decrease was largely caused by the nearly 6-percent decrease in incoming shipments from Asia. China played a large part in this, with a 5.82-percent decrease in shipments. Japan, however, showed a 2.53-percent increase in incoming shipments. Similar to Asia, Central America and South America exhibited a 4.85-percent and 7.56-percent decrease, respectively, while Europe looked promising with a slight import decrease of only 0.14 percent.

2.    The Pacific, South Atlantic and Mid-Atlantic ports in the U.S. each showed a decrease of 6.18 percent, 2.93 percent, and 5.34 percent, respectively, of incoming shipments. The ports in California ended their two-month-long streak of rising imports and posted an 8-percent decrease when compared to June of 2010.

3.    Maersk Line maintains their number one carrier spot, although they showed a 4.53-percent decrease in TEUs from May. While the majority of carriers suffered a similar decrease in TEUs in June, Orient Overseas Container Line recorded a healthy 3.54-percent increase, keeping them within our top 10 carriers list.

Zepol's data is derived from bills of lading entered into the Automated Manifest System.

Source: Zepol Corporation