U.S. containerized import volume in May fell 2.2 percent year-on-year but was still the highest volume of imports so far in 2013, according to statistics from the trade intelligence firm Zepol.
“For the first two months of the year imports were up 7 percent over 2012, but in the last five months imports are only up 0.04 percent overall,” said Zepol’s Chief Executive Officer Paul Rasmussen. “With holiday orders being placed soon, we’ll likely see increased imports in the coming months.”
Imports to the Port of Los Angeles were flat in May, but imports to Long Beach increased by more than 8 percent for the month. Of the top 10 ocean carriers importing into the United States, Evergreen Line and COSCO Container Lines had the biggest increases in volume from April to May, while Maersk Line and OOCL saw the biggest declines. - Eric Johnson