Week 25: Chemical Imports Are Up 123 Percent Over 2009

In week 25, 2010, total traffic for all imports entering U.S. ports was up 19% over the same period in 2009, according to U.S. import market data compiled by Zepol Corp. For the year-to-date, imports are up 14% over 2009.

Continuing a year-long trend, during week 25, the biggest gainer in imports are chemicals, which are up 123% compared to a year ago. For the year-to-date, chemicals are up 81%. Other categories showing significant increases in imports are steel (up 49% for the week), and autos and parts (up 35%). Wood/pulp imports (down 33% for the week) and furniture (down 26%) continue to be in decline.

Waterborne AMS Shipment Count
Number of Shipments Entering U.S. Ports
Week 25







Total Traffic Week 25 Cumulative Year to Date
Week Ending Jun 26, 2010 Week Ending Jun 26, 2010
2010 2009 Change 2010 2009 Change
Food and Beverage 13,836 11,319 22% 313,766 266,590 18%
Autos and Parts 6,396 4,741 35% 145,990 121,018 21%
Chemical 1,894 851 123% 43,184 23,852 81%
Plastics and Rubbers 19,486 16,862 16% 426,302 362,017 18%
Wood/Pulp 9,165 13,711 -33% 194,207 310,556 -37%
Textile 21,103 18,739 13% 457,822 420,320 9%
Mineral and Stone 3,971 3,596 10% 89,847 77,476 16%
Steel 5,638 3,781 49% 132,349 112,760 17%
Electronics 6,866 5,592 23% 163,263 129,666 26%
Furniture 13,381 18,075 -26% 284,835 396,537 -28%
All U.S. Imports 192,624 162,498 19% 4,296,306 3,777,356 14%







East Coast Ports Week 25 Cumulative Year to Date
Week Ending Jun 26, 2010 Week Ending Jun 26, 2010
2010 2009 Change 2010 2009 Change
Food and Beverage 6,985 5,735 22% 165,473 141,610 17%
Autos and Parts 2,433 1,748 39% 53,366 44,108 21%
Chemical 789 414 91% 16,823 9,853 71%
Plastics and Rubbers 6,701 5,487 22% 148,904 126,621 18%
Wood/Pulp 3,611 4,028 -10% 75,572 99,926 -24%
Textile 7,626 6,437 18% 172,269 159,990 8%
Mineral and Stone 1,875 1,591 18% 41,499 34,061 22%
Steel 1,939 1,390 39% 47,973 40,349 19%
Electronics 1,933 1,200 61% 44,338 32,661 36%
Furniture 4,507 5,824 -23% 96,422 144,187 -33%
All U.S. Imports 73,399 60,068 22% 1,665,220 1,481,369 12%







West Coast Ports Week 25 Cumulative Year to Date
Week Ending Jun 26, 2010 Week Ending Jun 26, 2010
2010 2009 Change 2010 2009 Change
Food and Beverage 5,523 4,562 21% 120,001 101,751 18%
Autos and Parts 3,613 2,745 32% 84,374 68,438 23%
Chemical 828 328 152% 21,880 10,698 105%
Plastics and Rubbers 11,843 10,678 11% 256,811 218,700 17%
Wood/Pulp 5,052 9,081 -44% 107,926 193,476 -44%
Textile 12,740 11,618 10% 268,358 244,353 10%
Mineral and Stone 1,646 1,603 3% 38,938 35,889 8%
Steel 2,766 2,030 36% 66,003 53,677 23%
Electronics 4,462 3,997 12% 104,453 85,807 22%
Furniture 8,328 11,733 -29% 179,880 239,970 -25%
All U.S. Imports 106,273 92,935 14% 2,363,610 2,045,500 16%







Gulf Coast Ports Week 25 Cumulative Year to Date
Week Ending Jun 26, 2010 Week Ending Jun 26, 2010
2010 2009 Change 2010 2009 Change
Food and Beverage 936 731 28% 19,209 15,800 22%
Autos and Parts 249 153 63% 5,837 4,543 28%
Chemical 224 93 141% 3,535 2,693 31%
Plastics and Rubbers 563 411 37% 13,725 10,165 35%
Wood/Pulp 347 440 -21% 6,598 12,596 -48%
Textile 297 367 -19% 8,774 8,045 9%
Mineral and Stone 386 332 16% 7,825 5,772 36%
Steel 814 264 208% 15,417 16,223 -5%
Electronics 375 306 23% 12,673 9,324 36%
Furniture 322 256 26% 4,938 5,926 -17%
All U.S. Imports 9,369 6,529 43% 190,797 171,647 11%







Other Ports Week 25 Cumulative Year to Date
Week Ending Jun 26, 2010 Week Ending Jun 26, 2010
2010 2009 Change 2010 2009 Change
Food and Beverage 392 291 35% 9,083 7,429 22%
Autos and Parts 101 95 6% 2,413 3,929 -39%
Chemical 53 16 231% 946 608 56%
Plastics and Rubbers 379 286 33% 6,862 6,531 5%
Wood/Pulp 155 162 -4% 4,111 4,558 -10%
Textile 440 317 39% 8,421 7,932 6%
Mineral and Stone 64 70 -9% 1,585 1,754 -10%
Steel 119 97 23% 2,956 2,511 18%
Electronics 96 89 8% 1,799 1,874 -4%
Furniture 224 262 -15% 3,595 6,454 -44%
All U.S. Imports 3,583 2,966 21% 76,679 78,840 -3%

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