Total container trade falls short for the fourth month

MINNEAPOLIS, January 11th, 2010 — Zepol Corporation, the leading trade intelligence company, reports that import shipment volume for December, measured in TEUs, decreased 9.49% from November and increased 4.03% over December 2009. The total number of shipments fell 8.48% from November and increased 3.68% over last December.

Key Statistics from this Month’s Update:
For 2010, total import shipments are up 14.19% over 2009 and down 0.82% from 2008. 2010 TEUs show similar numbers, up 15.82% over 2009 and down 2.09% from 2008.

Ports on the Pacific Coast show the greatest increases for 2010 over 2009 with an increase of 18.18% compared to the Atlantic Coast of 13.40% and the Gulf Coast of 13.40%. The Pacific Coast is bouncing back after decreases of 16.81% in 2009 and 10.02% in 2008.
Seasonal shipping trends dictated the decrease for TEUs and shipments from November to December. Every month in 2010 increased over 2009 for TEUs with a monthly average of 15.85% with June representing the largest jump of 27.99%.

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 containerized 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.

About Zepol Corporation:

Zepol Corporation is a Minnesota-based company working to provide the most complete and up-to-date trade data to organizations around the world. Zepol provides industry leading trade data tools, TradeIQ and TradeView, for analyzing the United States trade marketplace. TradeIQ is an up-to-date U.S. Customs import Bill of Lading database and is available through an online interface. TradeView provides access to U.S. Census data to visualize the import and export economy.

Zepol’s user base includes over 1,000 subscribers representing the leaders of every trade related industry. Our customers are the most important players in the international trade community. Users include leading transportation executives, supply chain professionals, competitive intelligence practitioners, and intellectual property attorneys at:

Over 40 of the Fortune 500
4 of the top 10 Port Authorities by Volume
7 of the top 10 Freight Forwarders
2 of the top 3 Fruit Importers
9 of the top 20 Chemical Companies

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