U.S. containerized imports in August rose 0.5 percent year-on-year, to 1.6 million TEUs, to nearly hit a high for 2013, according to statistics from the trade intelligence firm Zepol Corp.
Only July saw a higher number of import TEUs.
“The holiday import months of July and August were 1.5 percent higher in volume compared with the same two months in 2012,” said Zepol’s CEO Paul Rasmussen. “This is one of the only significant differences in TEU volume from 2012 to 2013, which hints at a more active holiday shopping season.”
Zepol added that imports from Asia fell 3.4 percent from July, though imports from China are up 3.2 percent in August year-on-year. - Eric Johnson