In the last decade, U.S. imports increased year-over-year in calendar year results until peaking in 2006 peak and declining thereafter.
While calendar 2009 results were 30.9 percent above 2000 results, the 15.1 percent 2009 year-over-year loss was twice as much as the 7.5 percent decline in 2008.
U.S. containerized imports surged 34 percentage points from a 19.9 percent year-over-year decline in the first half 2009 to a 14.1 percent year-over-year gain in the first half 2010.
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