Containerized furniture imports grew 6.9 percent in the second quarter of 2012 versus the second quarter of 2011 and grew 10 percent compared to the first quarter of the year, according to data from PIERS, a JOC sister company.
Furniture imports totaled 468,636 20-foot-equivalent units in the second quarter, up from 438,394 in the second quarter of 2011 and up from 425,064 in the first quarter of 2011, according to PIERS data.
China represented by far the largest source country year to date through June 2012 at 68.6 percent of total U.S. furniture imports, down from 70.9 percent during the same period of 2011. Just over 610,000 TEUs of furniture were imported from China during the first half of the year
Vietnam was the second largest source country in the first half, at 11.4 percent, followed by Malaysia at 4.1 percent, according to PIERS data. Vietnam's share grew from 9.4 percent in the first half of 2011, while Malaysia's share grew from 3.6 percent in the first half.