Import Shipments Are Up 11% Over 2009

March import shipment totals should provide a lot of hope to transportation service providers and importers as the number of import shipments was up nearly 10% from March 2009, according to U.S. import market data compiled by Zepol Corp. Year-to-date total shipments are up 11% when compared to 2009. However, caution should be taken as the first quarter of 2009 was historically poor.

It is interesting to review how well specific port regions compare against each other for particular market baskets. For example, year to date mineral and stone imports are up 25% to East Coast ports, but only 5% for West Coast ports.

Nearly every category was up for the last week of March and year to date. Autos and parts along with chemicals are making strong showings. However, housing related products continue to struggle.

Click here to view the methods used to calculate each industry’s Market Basket and see what they include.

Number of Shipments Entering U.S. Ports

Total Traffic

Week 13

Cumulative Year to Date

Week Ending Apr 3, 2010

Week Ending Apr 3, 2010

2010

2009

Change

2010

2009

Change

Food and Beverage

12,911

12,048

7%

158,068

135,244

17%

Autos and Parts

6,058

4,726

28%

71,817

58,233

23%

Chemical

1,560

931

68%

20,976

11,520

82%

Plastics and Rubbers

15,740

14,332

10%

210,999

179,427

18%

Wood/Pulp

6,792

12,018

-43%

95,206

156,676

-39%

Textile

16,202

16,904

-4%

233,899

221,178

6%

Mineral and Stone

3,261

3,112

5%

44,311

38,524

15%

Steel

5,682

4,475

27%

63,771

61,681

3%

Electronics

6,187

5,109

21%

78,621

64,100

23%

Furniture

9,726

15,408

-37%

138,030

197,641

-30%

All U.S. Imports

161,255

153,064

5%

2,109,361

1,907,015

11%

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