Containerized exports from North America to Central and South America slipped to 154,200 20-foot-equivalent units in February 2013, according to data from Container Trades Statistics Ltd., the sixth consecutive month showing year-over-year declines in this trade lane.
North America to Far East Asia
North America exported 664,500 TEUs to Far East Asia in February 2013, up a slight 0.5 percent from the volume in February 2012. Of the past 12 months in this lane, yearly increases were seen in only three months, while seven of the other nine months showed drops of more than 10 percent. There was a 5 percent jump in volume from January to February this year. The first two months of 2013 saw a 1.5 percent volume decline year-over-year, 1,298,200 TEUs. The CTS rate index remained at 82 in February for the second month in a row.
North America to Australasia/Oceania
Containerized trade from North America to Australasia/Oceania fell to 23,400 TEUs in February 2013, down 3.3 percent year-over-year and 12 percent below January 2013. Exports from North America in this lane in January and February 2013 totaled 50,000 TEUs, down 3.7 percent year-over-year. The CTS index rose 1 point in February to 97.
North America to Europe
Exports from North America to Europe climbed just over 1 percent year-over-year to 231,100 TEUs in February 2013. Export volume was also up 7.7 percent from January. In the first two months of 2013, exports from North America to Europe edged up 0.5 percent year-over-year, to 445,700 TEUs. The CTS index of rates in this trade lane remained at 95 in February.
North America to the Indian Subcontinent and the Middle East
Containerized trade in this lane in February declined 2.5 percent year-over-year but climbed 2.6 percent month-to-month to 83,500 TEUs. In January and February 2013, exports from North America fell 1 percent from the level seen during the same period in 2012, dropping to 164,900 TEUs. The CTS price index slid from 84 in January to 82 in February.
North America to South/Central America
February 2013 North American exports to South and Central America decreased 5 percent from the level seen in February 2012, but were up 7 percent from January 2013. This lane has not seen a year-over-year increase in rates since August 2012. In the first two months of 2013, exports from North America in this lane fell 8.3 percent year-over-year to 298,300 TEUs. Rates in this market as tracked by CTS fell 1 point to 106 in February.
North America to Sub-Saharan Africa
Containerized trade from North America to sub-Saharan Africa grew 1.5 percent year-over-year and 2.3 percent month-to-month in February 2013 to 27,200 TEUs. Thus far in 2013, exports from North America to sub-Saharan Africa slipped 0.6 percent from the same two months in 2012, to 53,800 TEUs. Rates in this market fell two points to 83 in February.