TEU imports for the top 100 Non-Vessel Operating Common Carriers (NVOs) fell in June by 3.1% from May. On the contrary, U.S. imports are up from June of 2011 by 4%. Total TEUs for all NVOs fell at a higher percentage of 4.9%, but are also up from June of 2011 by a slight 0.6%. Last year saw a similar trend in June imports for NVOs with a minor TEU drop from May, but 2009 and 2010 both posted an increase in TEUs from May to June. It will be interesting to see which direction TEUs go in the coming summer months.
Out of the top 100 NVOs, 64% saw a decrease in TEU imports from May to June and 37% were down from June of 2011. At the top of the list, in terms of total TEUs, was Expeditors International. Expeditors was one of the few NVOs that posted an increase from May by 1.8%, but actually dropped in imports from June of 2011 by 1%. Blue Anchor Line and Danmar Lines were second and third on the list, respectively, and both decreased in TEUs by over 3%. De Well Container Shipping Corp, number 15 on our list, had a considerable drop in June of 15%. Similarly, Hecny Shipping Limited, number 11, dropped in TEUs from May by almost 11%. Overall, June had a broad mix of ups and downs for NVOs’ shipments.
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Zepol Reports June 2012 Vessel Imports Drop 3.7%
U.S. vessel imports are down from May, but up from June of 2011 by 4.4%
MINNEAPOLIS, July 11, 2012 — Zepol Corporation, the leading trade intelligence company, reports that U.S. import shipment volume for June, measured in TEUs, was down 3.7% from May, but is up 4.4% from June of 2011. Similarly, Q2 of 2012 has topped last year at this time by 4.7%. Although there was a drop from last month, June had the second highest TEU imports so far this year, outdoing January by a slight 1%. Last year saw a comparable trend in the summer months with a moderate dip in June, but spikes in July and August.
A Closer Look at U.S. Imports for June:
1. Exporting Countries - The majority of Asian countries saw a minor drop in shipments to the United States; China decreased by 0.03% from May and similar percentages were seen from South Korea and Japan. Germany, on the other hand, had a fairly large drop of 12.9% from May. On a different note, Brazil and Chile both rose in exports to the United States in June by 14.3% and 7.2%, respectively.
2. U.S. Ports - Seven of the top ten ports dropped in TEU imports in June. The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach decreased in imports from May by 5% and 3.7%, respectively. The Port of Seattle had the highest import increase of the top ten by 2.2%. Another notable increase was seen from the Port of Miami, which rose 4.8% last month. For Q2 of 2012, the Port of Tacoma had a giant import spike of 23.3% from Q2 of 2011.
3. Carriers - Similar to countries and ports, most VOCCs (vessel operating common carriers) were down in TEU imports in June. Maersk Line saw a 6.6% decrease in imports and Mediterranean Shipping Company also dropped 8.6%. Conversely, China Ocean Shipping Company and Orient Overseas Container Line both rose over 8% from May. For total Q2 numbers, Maersk Line and CMA CGM take the cake for the largest import increases; Maersk rose 16.9% from Q2 of 2011 and CMA CGM was up 18.5%.
Zepol’s data is derived from Bills of Lading entered into the Automated Manifest System. This information represents the number of House manifests entered by importers of waterborne vessel goods. This is the earliest indicator for trade data available for the previous month’s import activity. The data excludes shipments from empty containers, excludes shipments labeled as freight remaining on board, and may contain other data anomalies.
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Zepol Corporation is a Minnesota-based company working to provide the most complete and up-to-date U.S. trade data through our subscription tools. TradeIQ™ is a U.S. Customs import Bill of Lading database utilized to find information about competitors, suppliers, prospects, and the products that they use, market, or transport. TradeView™ provides U.S. Census data to visualize the U.S. import and export market. ComplianceIQ™ is a comprehensive tool that proactively alerts users of essential U.S. import trade compliance information.