U.S. containerized imports from Central America and the Caribbean climbed 8.5 percent in January 2013 to 77,912 20-foot equivalent containers from 71,806 in January 2012, according to preliminary data from PIERS, a JOC sister company.
Volume from Central America and the Caribbean to the U.S. has increased since March 2012. For the full year 2012, the U.S. imported 932,652 TEUs via this trade route, a 7.6 percent increase from 2011’s total of 866,695.
Imports from Central America, including Mexico, jumped 8.1 percent in January over the same period in 2012 to reach 68,175 TEUs. The U.S. imported 802,217 TEUs in total during 2012 from this region, up 7.6 percent from 745,346 in 2011. Imports from Guatemala, the United States’ largest trading partner in this region, reached 21,658 TEUs in January, spiking 24.4 percent year-over-year from 17,406.
Total U.S. containerized imports from Caribbean ports in January were up 11.7 percent to 9,737 TEUs year-over-year. For the full year of 2012, imports in this trade lane totaled 130,435 TEUs, up 7.5 percent from 121,349 in 2011.