September TEU imports for the top 100 Non-Vessel Operating Common Carriers (NVOs) fell from August by 7.7%; this is a much larger drop than total vessel imports this month, which dropped only 3.6%. Though, when looking at the same time in 2011, September imports for NVOs are actually up 2.1%. For Q3 of 2012, top NVO imports were higher than Q3 of 2011 by a slight 0.8%; it’s surprising to see such a small increase since this year’s third quarter was one of the largest quarters the United States has ever seen.

Out of the top 100 NVOs, 74% saw a decrease in TEU imports from August to September, but only 40% fell from September of 2011. Once again this month Expeditors International topped the list. The NVO imported over 33,000 TEUs and increased from August by 0.3%. The second spot on our list this month is Blue Anchor Line which had a similar story to the majority of NVOs this month, dropping in imports by 5.8% from August, yet increasing 12% from September of last year. Number seven on the list, Schenkerocean Limited, fell from August, but spiked significantly from September of 2011 by 26%. Overall, September had potential to rise in TEUs but fell short. The top month for the third quarter was July which is an unusual stat because the top month for the year is generally August.

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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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