Containerized export volume from Australasia/Oceania to North America grew by 7 percent in 2012 over 2011 numbers, according to data from Container Trades Statistics, Ltd., which helped North America to become the number two importer from the region. Far East Asia remained Australasia/Oceania’s top export market.
Australasia/Oceania to Far East Asia
Australasia/Oceania exported 115,700 20-foot-equivalent units to Far East Asia in January 2013, which was 2.4 percent less than in January 2012 and 24 percent lower than in December 2012. This was Far East Asia’s first month showing a yearly drop in imports from Australasia/Oceania since January 2012.
In 2012, exports in this lane grew by 11.5 percent year-over-year to 1,710,000 TEUs.
Rates in this market as tracked by CTS varied within a limited range in 2012. The CTS rate index rose from 124 in January to a high of 132 in March before declining; in December it was 123, one point lower than at the beginning of the year. The index continued its decline in January 2013, falling another point to 122.
Australasia/Oceania to Europe
Exports from Australasia/Oceania to Europe fell 7.2 percent year-over-year to 12,800 TEUs in January 2013. Export volume dropped 17 percent from December 2012.
In 2012, exports from Australasia/Oceania to Europe declined by 7 percent year-over-year, to 181,100 TEUs.
The CTS index of rates in this trade rose in 2012. It started in January 2012 at 101 and was at 107 in December, down from a high of 109 in April. In January 2013, the index fell to 104.
Australasia/Oceania to the Indian Subcontinent and the Middle East
Containerized trade from Australasia/Oceania to the Indian subcontinent and the Middle East declined to 11,400 TEUs in January 2013, down 9.5 percent compared to January 2012, and 23.5 percent lower than the level seen in December 2012.
Exports from Australasia/Oceania in this lane in 2012 increased 13.3 percent year-over-year to 165,800.
Rates experienced significant variations in 2012. The CTS index rose from 108 in January to 122 by July before retreating to 117 by December. The index continued to drop in January 2013, falling to 111.
Australasia/Oceania to North America
Containerized trade in this lane grew 2.7 percent year-over-year to 15,100 TEUs in January 2013 from January 2012, but it was down 3.8 percent compared to December 2012. Exports from Australasia/Oceania in 2012 jumped 7.2 percent over the level seen in 2011, to reach 197,400 TEUs.
The CTS price index started and ended at 98 in 2012, although it reached a high of 101 in March and experienced a low of 93 in August. In January 2013 the price index remained at 98.
Australasia/Oceania to South/Central America
Australasia/Oceania exported 2,300 TEUS to South and Central America in January 2013, down 30 percent from the level seen in January 2012, but even with December 2012.
In 2012, exports from Australasia/Oceania in this lane declined by 5 percent year-over-year to 31,800 TEUs.
Rates in this market as tracked by CTS fell 8 percent over the course of 2012, although they did rise slightly ahead of the drop. In January 2012 the CTS index stood at 112; it hit a high of 114 in August, but fell to 103 by December. In January 2013 the price index rose to 107.
Australasia/Oceania to Sub-Saharan Africa
Containerized trade was up 11 percent year-over-year in January 2013 at 3,000 TEUs, compared with January 2012’s export volume of 2,700, but down 9 percent month-to-month from December.
In 2012, exports from Australasia/Oceania to sub-Saharan Africa declined 2.5 percent year-over-year, to 35,800 TEUs.
Rates in this market rose and then fell in 2012. The CTS rate index was at 96 in January and ended up at 95 in December. However, it stood above 100 for seven months of the year. The index rose in January 2013 to 97.