The top 100 NVOs in the United States increased in imports by 18.3% from November to December. This was a shift in TEUs (twenty-foot-containers) of 324,690 to over 384,000. The increase was almost a full point above the average rise in U.S. imports for December which was 17.8%. Although, comparing the top NVOs with December of 2011, imports are actually down 2.6% but total U.S. imports are up 6.7%.

Out of the top 100 NVOs, 97% saw an increase in December. The December rise has a lot to do with Hurricane Sandy on the east coast and port strikes on the west that caused some disturbance in November shipments, so naturally December is making up for it. Expeditors International has topped the list again in December to complete a full year as the top NVO in the United States. Expeditors increased in TEUs by 23.4% and was also the only NVO in the top five to post increases from December of last year. Blue Anchor Line ranked second again in December and increased by 9.7%. An even more notable increase was seen from Apex Shipping, which ranked third and rose 47.8% from November. After a year of ups and downs for U.S. imports, which weren’t necessarily consistent with years past, it will be interesting to see what 2013 brings.

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About the 3PL News NVO Update
This report has been prepared exclusively for 3PL News by Zepol Corporation, a provider of the most complete and up-to-date trade data to organizations around the world. The data excludes shipments from empty containers, excludes shipments labeled as freight remaining on board, and may contain other data anomalies. For more information on Zepol’s industry-leading U.S. import/export data tools, please visit

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