US Containerized Imports From South America Inch Down

US Containerized Imports From South America Inch Down

U.S. containerized imports from South America through January 2013. Source: PIERS.U.S. containerized imports from South America

U.S. containerized imports from South America inched down 0.3 percent year-over-year in January to 68,580 20-foot-equivalent containers, according to preliminary data from PIERS, a JOC sister company.

For the full year of 2012, overall U.S. imports from the region totaled 789,118 TEUs, a 0.7 percent increase from 2011’s total of 783,456.

Imports from the east coast of South America climbed 2.3 percent in January from the same period in 2012, to 28,979 TEUs. January 2013 imports from Brazil, the United States’ largest trading partner in the region, totaled 22,736 TEUs, up 3.8 percent year-over-year. The U.S. imported 362,928 TEUs in all of 2012 from the east coast of South America, up 2.5 percent from 2011. 

U.S. imports from the west coast of South America totaled 39,601 TEUs in January 2013, 2.2 percent lower than the volume in January 2012. Full-year 2012 U.S. containerized imports from this trade lane fell to 426,190 TEUs, down 0.7 percent from the level seen in 2011.