Containerized exports from North America to all reported regions, with the exception of Far East Asia, were up in May 2013, according to data from Container Trades Statistics Ltd. This is the second straight month of year-over-year increases to all other regions, and the third consecutive month of declines of exports in Asia.
North America to Far East Asia
North American exports to Far East Asia fell to 641,200 20-foot-equivalent units in May 2013, down 6.8 percent year-over-year but up 0.3 percent from April. In the first five months of 2013, export volume fell 4 percent year-over-year, to 3,278,400 TEUs. The CTS rate index slipped 2 points to 85 in May.
North America to Australasia/Oceania
Containerized trade from North America to Australasia/Oceania increased to 25,000 TEUs in May 2013, up 1.2 percent year-over-year but down 5.3 percent form April. Exports from North America to the region through May 2013 totaled 127,900 TEUs, down 0.6 percent year-over-year. The CTS index dropped from 94 in April to 92 in May.
North America to Europe
May 2013 exports from North America to Europe inched up 0.8 percent year-over-year to 232,900 TEUs. In the first five months of 2013, exports from North America to Europe increased 0.8 percent year-over-year, to 1,166,400 TEUs. The CTS index of rates in this trade lane rose one point to 96 in May.
North America to the Indian Subcontinent and the Middle East
Containerized exports from North America to the Indian subcontinent and the Middle East increased 9 percent in May year-over-year to 99,800 TEUs, the largest regional increase in North American exports for the month. The volume also grew 7 percent month-to-month. Through May 2013, exports from North America rose 3.4 percent from the level seen during the same period in 2012, reaching 458,100 TEUs. The CTS price index fell 2 points to 82 in May.
North America to South/Central America
North American exports to South and Central America also saw a relatively high increase this month, up 7.3 percent from the level seen in May 2012, and 6.5 percent from April. In the first five months of 2013, exports from North America in this lane fell 1.4 percent year-over-year to 829,100 TEUs. Rates as tracked by CTS dropped 1 point to 105 in May.
North America to Sub-Saharan Africa
Containerized trade from North America to sub-Saharan Africa in May rose 2.2 percent year-over-year, but slipped 1.2 percent month-to-month, totaling 33,100 TEUs. For the first five months of 2013, exports from North America to sub-Saharan Africa were up 2.4 percent from the same five months in 2012, to 150,600 TEUs. Rates in this market edged down 1 point to 81 in May.