Containerized exports from North America to Far East Asia experienced a year-over-year dip of 9.3 percent in June 2013, according to data from Container Trades Statistics Ltd. This is the largest decrease in 2013 so far, and the fourth straight month of declines in this lane.
North America to Far East Asia
North American exports to Far East Asia fell to 590,200 20-foot-equivalent units in June 2013, the first time export volume has fallen below 600,00 TEUs since the JOC began collecting this data in January 2011. June’s volume was down 8.1 percent from May. In the first half of 2013, export volume fell 4.7 percent year-over-year, to 3,871,400 TEUs. The CTS rate index slipped 3 points to 82 in June.
North America to Australasia/Oceania
Containerized trade from North America to Australasia/Oceania slipped to 24,600 TEUs in June 2013, down 2.8 percent year-over-year, following two months of increases, and down 2.4 percent from May. Exports from North America to the region through June 2013 totaled 152,700 TEUs, down 0.8 percent year-over-year. The CTS index inched down from 92 in May to 91 in June.
North America to Europe
June 2013 exports from North America to Europe climbed 2.1 percent year-over-year to 220,100 TEUs, but volume was down 6.9 percent from May. In the first six months of 2013, exports from North America to Europe increased 2.0 percent year-over-year, to 1,400,300 TEUs. The CTS index of rates in this trade lane slipped one point to 95 in June.
North America to the Indian Subcontinent and the Middle East
Containerized exports from North America to the Indian subcontinent and the Middle East increased 5.5 percent in June year-over-year to 93,300 TEUs, the largest regional increase in North American exports for the second straight month. However, the volume fell 6.8 percent month-to-month. Through June 2013, exports from North America rose 3.9 percent from the level seen during the same period in 2012, reaching 552,200 TEUs. The CTS price index fell 2 points to 81 in June.
North America to South/Central America
North American exports to South and Central America fell for the first time since February in June, down 1.5 percent from the level seen in June 2012, and down 5.5 percent from May. In the first six months of 2013, exports from North America in this lane fell 1.4 percent year-over-year to 1,001,700 TEUs. Rates as tracked by CTS dropped 2 points to 103 in June.
North America to Sub-Saharan Africa
Containerized trade from North America to sub-Saharan Africa in June slipped 3.8 percent year-over-year and 9.1 percent month-to-month, totaling 30,100 TEUs. For the first six months of 2013, exports from North America to sub-Saharan Africa were up 1.3 percent from the same six months in 2012, to 180,700 TEUs. Rates in this market climbed 2 points to 83 in June.