In the last decade, U.S. imports increased year-over-year in calendar year results until peaking in 2006 peak and declining thereafter.
U.S. containerized exports in the first half of 2010 increased 11.1 percent over the first half of 2009, but were 8.4 percent below the volume of the first half of 2008.
Over the last decade, U.S. export volume peaked in 2008 at 11.8 million TEUs and increased year-over-year with the exception of 2001 — post 9/11 — with a 2.9 percent decline, and the 8.5 percent decline in calendar 2009.
The 8.5 percent 2009 year-over-year loss actually was a strong second half rebound from a 17.5 percent year-over-year decline in the first half of the year.
In millions of TEUs
Roll Over Data Points for Exact Figures
Data Included: 6/2010
TEU count includes all international containerized oceanborne cargo discharged at U.S. ports, including trade with Puerto Rico.
Source: PIERS, www.piers.com, a division of UBM Global Trade and sister company of The Journal of Commerce