Week 31: Imports Are Up 18% Over 2009

In week 31, 2010, total traffic for all imports entering U.S. ports was up 18% compared to the same week in 2009. For the year to date, overall traffic is up 15% over the same period in 2009.

Continuing a year-long trend, the two industry sectors with the most activity in week 31 are chemical imports (up 97% in week 29 and up 87% for the year) and steel imports (up 39% for the week and up 22% for the year). Wood/pulp imports was the only sector in decline, as it was down 46% for the week and 38% for the year.

Geographically, the greatest increase in activity for week 31 was at the West Coast ports, where import traffic was up 26% compared to the same week in 2009. Traffic at the Gulf Coast ports was up 16%, while traffic at the East Coast ports was up 10%. Traffic at all other U.S. ports, however, was down 19% for the week.

Waterborne AMS Shipment Count
Number of Shipments Entering U.S. Ports
Week 31
Total Traffic Week 31 Cumulative Year to Date
Week Ending Aug 7, 2010 Week Ending Aug 7, 2010
2010 2009 Change 2010 2009 Change
Food and Beverage 12,865 11,670 10% 391,802 333,903 17%
Autos and Parts 6,859 5,328 29% 185,620 151,936 22%
Chemical 1,914 970 97% 54,435 29,162 87%
Plastics and Rubbers 21,091 19,128 10% 551,792 468,892 18%
Wood/Pulp 8,562 15,936 -46% 247,872 396,990 -38%
Textile 23,182 20,513 13% 593,588 538,980 10%
Mineral and Stone 4,193 3,618 16% 114,553 98,489 16%
Steel 5,740 4,134 39% 167,955 137,332 22%
Electronics 7,021 7,005 0% 205,573 166,369 24%
Furniture 13,423 11,954 12% 397,035 351,999 13%
All U.S. Imports 197,161 167,150 18% 5,487,007 4,775,330 15%
East Coast Ports Week 31 Cumulative Year to Date
Week Ending Aug 7, 2010 Week Ending Aug 7, 2010
2010 2009 Change 2010 2009 Change
Food and Beverage 6,437 6,562 -2% 206,654 177,690 16%
Autos and Parts 2,751 1,716 60% 68,337 55,308 24%
Chemical 802 472 70% 21,606 12,581 72%
Plastics and Rubbers 7,422 6,209 20% 191,849 163,125 18%
Wood/Pulp 3,305 4,928 -33% 96,108 128,390 -25%
Textile 8,452 7,589 11% 221,589 205,412 8%
Mineral and Stone 1,874 1,706 10% 52,796 43,767 21%
Steel 2,123 1,590 34% 60,728 49,324 23%
Electronics 1,994 1,308 52% 55,966 40,575 38%
Furniture 4,716 4,349 8% 141,993 128,900 10%
All U.S. Imports 75,749 68,783 10% 2,120,986 1,871,914 13%
West Coast Ports Week 31 Cumulative Year to Date
Week Ending Aug 7, 2010 Week Ending Aug 7, 2010
2010 2009 Change 2010 2009 Change
Food and Beverage 5,392 4,091 32% 150,437 127,220 18%
Autos and Parts 3,641 3,291 11% 106,805 85,788 24%
Chemical 942 352 168% 27,235 12,452 119%
Plastics and Rubbers 12,841 12,074 6% 334,181 284,247 18%
Wood/Pulp 4,920 10,233 -52% 138,545 247,039 -44%
Textile 13,712 12,242 12% 349,879 313,474 12%
Mineral and Stone 1,872 1,543 21% 49,499 44,910 10%
Steel 2,685 2,131 26% 83,115 66,322 25%
Electronics 4,658 4,864 -4% 132,386 110,705 20%
Furniture 8,379 7,226 16% 242,790 211,946 15%
All U.S. Imports 110,201 87,632 26% 3,028,517 2,589,022 17%
Gulf Coast Ports Week 31 Cumulative Year to Date
Week Ending Aug 7, 2010 Week Ending Aug 7, 2010
2010 2009 Change 2010 2009 Change
Food and Beverage 707 644 10% 23,743 19,762 20%
Autos and Parts 328 201 63% 7,358 5,687 29%
Chemical 147 113 30% 4,463 3,338 34%
Plastics and Rubbers 562 555 1% 17,150 13,224 30%
Wood/Pulp 245 581 -58% 8,302 15,909 -48%
Textile 440 376 17% 11,158 10,193 9%
Mineral and Stone 401 291 38% 10,236 7,623 34%
Steel 813 328 148% 19,949 18,552 8%
Electronics 305 752 -59% 14,959 12,719 18%
Furniture 219 212 3% 6,358 5,200 22%
All U.S. Imports 8,269 7,123 16% 241,433 214,366 13%
Other Ports Week 31 Cumulative Year to Date
Week Ending Aug 7, 2010 Week Ending Aug 7, 2010
2010 2009 Change 2010 2009 Change
Food and Beverage 329 373 -12% 10,968 9,231 19%
Autos and Parts 139 120 16% 3,120 5,153 -39%
Chemical 23 33 -30% 1,131 791 43%
Plastics and Rubbers 266 290 -8% 8,612 8,296 4%
Wood/Pulp 92 194 -53% 4,917 5,652 -13%
Textile 578 306 89% 10,962 9,901 11%
Mineral and Stone 46 78 -41% 2,031 2,189 -7%
Steel 119 85 40% 4,163 3,134 33%
Electronics 64 81 -21% 2,262 2,370 -5%
Furniture 109 167 -35% 5,574 5,953 -6%
All U.S. Imports 2,942 3,612 -19% 96,071 100,028 -4%

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