U.S. container imports jump 9.27% in May, Zepol reports
Heath E. Combs -- Casual Living, June 16, 2011
Container shipments of consumer and commercial goods rose in May, according to an analysis by Zepol Corp., which collects and reports on international trade data.
U.S. imports of 20-foot equivalent containers rose 9.27% from April and 8.76% from May 2010, while total worldwide shipments rose 9.35% from April and more than 9% from May.
According to Zepol's analysis, overall shipments from Asia rose 12% from April, with most of the product shipped from China. Shipments from Japan decreased 2.43% in May, primarily because of the ongoing effects of the March earthquake and tsunami.
Shipments from Europe rose 7% and shipments from Central America fell nearly 5% compared with April.
Shipments to U.S. West Coast ports rose sharply from April to May, with ports in Los Angeles recording a 14.18% increase and ports in Long Beach up 11.34% increase, Zepol reported.
A breakdown was not immediately available for indoor residential furniture shipments.