Mainland China accounted for 8.2 million 20-foot-equivalent units, or 36.3 percent, of the 22.6 million TEUs in U.S. containerized trade in the first nine months of 2012. Volume to and from China was up 3.4 percent year-over-year and 5.8 percent above the same period in pre-recession 2008. That compares to 2.3 percent growth year-over-year in overall U.S. laden container trade and 1.1 percent growth over the first nine months of 2008.
Following mainland China and rounding out the top five trading partners by market share were Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and Germany. All told, the Top 5 accounted for 52.2 percent of the 11.8 million TEUs in U.S. containerized trade for the first nine months of the year. That represents growth of 2.7 percent year-over-year and is 2 percent above January-September 2008.
Among the trading partners posting double-digit growth in containerized U.S. trade was the United Arab Emirates, which at No. 23, had the fastest rate of growth — 11 percent year-over-year and 54.2 percent above January-September 2008 — among the Top 30.
Also growing rapidly were No. 7 India (up 32 percent from January-September 2008), eighth-ranked Vietnam (up 30.8 percent), No. 24 Turkey (up 19.8 percent) and No. 17 Guatemala (up 19.6 percent).
By contrast, sixth-ranked Hong Kong’s U.S. containerized trade slid 12.4 percent year-over-year, and No. 19 Malaysia is off 17 percent from January-September 2008.
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