Containerized exports from Europe increased year-over-year in April 2013, according to data from Container Trades Statistics, Ltd. The biggest increase was seen in shipments from Europe to sub-Saharan Africa, with volume up by more than 25 percent.
Europe to Far East Asia
Europe exported 575,300 20-foot equivalent units to Far East Asia in April 2013, up 12.6 percent from April 2012 and 0.5 percent higher than the month before. This was the largest year-over-year increase in this lane since February 2012. In the first four months of 2013, European exports to Far East Asia grew 2.7 percent over the prior year to 2,208,700 TEUs. The index rate in this market as tracked by CTS rose 1 point to 93 in April.
Europe to Australasia/Oceania
Exports from Europe to Australasia/Oceania climbed 7.4 percent year-over-year and inched up 0.7 percent month-to-month to 42,200 TEUs in April 2013. In the first four months of 2013, exports from Europe to Australasia/Oceania increased 3.4 percent year-over-year, to 162,000 TEUs. The CTS index of rates in this trade lane remained at 89 in April.
Europe to the Indian Subcontinent and the Middle East
Containerized trade from Europe to the Indian subcontinent and the Middle East increased in April after six straight months of year-over-year declines. It reached 269,400 TEUs, up 3.3 percent compared with the level in April 2012 and 1 percent higher than the level seen in March 2013. Exports from Europe in this lane through April slipped 2.6 percent year-over-year to 981,900 TEUs. The CTS index went up 1 point to 96 in April.
Europe to North America
Containerized trade in this lane increased by 3.5 percent year-over-year in April 2013 to 302,400 TEUs but fell 6.2 percent compared with March’s volume of 322,400 TEUs. This was the largest year-over-year increase so far in 2013 for this lane. Exports from Europe during the first four months of 2013 totaled 1,171,800 TEUs, 0.8 percent above the level seen in 2012. The CTS price index rose a point to 90 in April.
Europe to South/Central America
Europe exported 133,500 TEUs to South and Central America in April 2013, up 6.5 percent from the level seen in April 2012 but down 4.2 percent from March 2013. Volume has experienced year-over-year increases in this lane for the past five months, with April’s being the highest. In the first four months of 2013, exports from Europe rose 3.5 percent year-over-year to 511,000 TEUs. The index rate in this market as tracked by CTS jumped from 105 to 109 in April.
Europe to Sub-Saharan Africa
Containerized trade soared 26.7 percent year-over-year in April 2013 to 159,900 TEUs, the highest volume since December. Volume was also up 1 percent month-to-month. Through April, exports from Europe to sub-Saharan Africa grew 9 percent year-over-year, to 584,700 TEUs. The index rate in this market fell 4 points to 70 in April.