U.S. trans-Atlantic containerized imports from Mediterranean ports rose 6.2 percent year-over-year in January to 69,886 20-foot-equivalent containers, according to preliminary data from PIERS, a JOC sister company.
However, overall U.S. trans-Atlantic imports, including those from both northern Europe and the Mediterranean ports, decreased 2 percent year-over-year in January to 192,207 TEUs. A year-over-year decrease only occurred once in all of 2012, in October. For full year 2012, the U.S. imported 2,573,507 TEUs via this trade route, a 7.6 percent increase from 2011’s total.
Imports from northern Europe declined 6 percent in January from the same period in 2012, to 122,321 TEUs. January 2013 imports from Germany, the U.S.’s largest trading partner in this region, totaled 39,086 TEUs, down 5.2 percent year-over-year. The U.S. imported 1,718,374 TEUs for full-year 2012 from northern Europe, up 6.2 percent from 2011.
Full-year 2012 U.S. containerized imports from the Mediterranean region reached 855,133 TEUs, up 10.6 percent from 2011.