Week 41: Electronics Imports Up for the Week, While Minerals Decline

In week 41, 2010, total traffic for all imports entering U.S. ports was up 17% compared to the same week in 2009, according to U.S. import market data compiled by Zepol Corp. For the year to date, overall traffic maintains its pace of being up 15% over the same period in 2009.

As has been the case throughout the year, chemical imports remain the strongest sector, being up 112% in week 41 and up 94% for the year. Chemicals were particularly strong for the week at West Coast ports, where traffic was up 187% over the comparable week in 2009. Electronics imports also did well for the week, being up 27% overall compared to week 41 in 2009, and up 102% at East Coast ports.

Mineral & stone imports were down 5% for week 41 compared to the same week in 2009, while food & beverage imports were flat (0%). All other categories tracked by Zepol were up for week 41.

Geographically, the greatest increase in activity for week 41 was at West Coast ports ,where import traffic was up 23% compared to the same week in 2009. Traffic at Gulf Coast ports was up 13%, and was up 11% at East Coast ports. However, traffic was down 18% at other ports.

Waterborne AMS Shipment Count
Number of Shipments Entering U.S. Ports
Week 41







Total Traffic Week 41 Cumulative Year to Date
Week Ending Oct 16, 2010 Week Ending Oct 16, 2010
2010 2009 Change 2010 2009 Change
Food and Beverage 12,171 12,226 0% 518,794 450,604 15%
Autos and Parts 6,762 5,410 25% 250,871 206,457 22%
Chemical 2,010 946 112% 74,278 38,212 94%
Plastics and Rubbers 20,602 16,873 22% 769,428 654,353 18%
Wood/Pulp 8,388 7,787 8% 335,745 526,227 -36%
Textile 22,697 18,614 22% 837,871 751,062 12%
Mineral and Stone 3,622 3,826 -5% 154,099 137,644 12%
Steel 5,750 4,387 31% 226,561 181,086 25%
Electronics 7,482 5,901 27% 279,081 232,407 20%
Furniture 12,284 11,274 9% 524,606 467,290 12%
All U.S. Imports 191,186 163,779 17% 7,467,226 6,517,593 15%







East Coast Ports Week 41 Cumulative Year to Date
Week Ending Oct 16, 2010 Week Ending Oct 16, 2010
2010 2009 Change 2010 2009 Change
Food and Beverage 6,763 6,571 3% 272,632 239,356 14%
Autos and Parts 2,639 2,052 29% 94,095 74,860 26%
Chemical 917 471 95% 30,114 17,063 76%
Plastics and Rubbers 7,112 6,128 16% 266,043 226,355 18%
Wood/Pulp 3,265 3,215 2% 130,531 174,049 -25%
Textile 8,580 7,531 14% 313,237 283,684 10%
Mineral and Stone 1,712 1,861 -8% 71,178 62,937 13%
Steel 2,195 1,749 26% 82,077 65,598 25%
Electronics 2,129 1,053 102% 75,570 54,932 38%
Furniture 4,546 4,319 5% 189,267 171,073 11%
All U.S. Imports 76,340 68,492 11% 2,884,851 2,536,703 14%







West Coast Ports Week 41 Cumulative Year to Date
Week Ending Oct 16, 2010 Week Ending Oct 16, 2010
2010 2009 Change 2010 2009 Change
Food and Beverage 4,373 4,457 -2% 200,821 171,759 17%
Autos and Parts 3,781 3,098 22% 142,885 117,024 22%
Chemical 910 317 187% 36,752 15,677 134%
Plastics and Rubbers 12,681 10,024 27% 469,166 398,709 18%
Wood/Pulp 4,756 4,145 15% 187,920 324,559 -42%
Textile 13,449 10,317 30% 495,280 439,775 13%
Mineral and Stone 1,547 1,588 -3% 66,288 61,017 9%
Steel 2,794 2,078 34% 111,431 88,936 25%
Electronics 5,059 3,831 32% 180,984 155,089 17%
Furniture 7,369 6,560 12% 319,045 281,140 13%
All U.S. Imports 103,930 84,585 23% 4,130,710 3,540,799 17%







Gulf Coast Ports Week 41 Cumulative Year to Date
Week Ending Oct 16, 2010 Week Ending Oct 16, 2010
2010 2009 Change 2010 2009 Change
Food and Beverage 742 795 -7% 31,608 26,900 18%
Autos and Parts 244 156 56% 9,882 7,481 32%
Chemical 139 115 21% 5,919 4,405 34%
Plastics and Rubbers 542 439 23% 22,857 18,165 26%
Wood/Pulp 237 277 -14% 11,028 19,984 -45%
Textile 326 351 -7% 15,051 14,360 5%
Mineral and Stone 301 307 -2% 13,991 10,793 30%
Steel 648 387 67% 27,329 22,301 23%
Electronics 223 441 -49% 19,543 18,731 4%
Furniture 185 170 9% 8,253 7,009 18%
All U.S. Imports 7,746 6,849 13% 324,235 286,006 13%







Other Ports Week 41 Cumulative Year to Date
Week Ending Oct 16, 2010 Week Ending Oct 16, 2010
2010 2009 Change 2010 2009 Change
Food and Beverage 293 403 -27% 13,733 12,589 9%
Autos and Parts 98 104 -6% 4,009 7,092 -43%
Chemical 44 43 2% 1,493 1,067 40%
Plastics and Rubbers 267 282 -5% 11,362 11,124 2%
Wood/Pulp 130 150 -13% 6,266 7,635 -18%
Textile 342 415 -18% 14,303 13,243 8%
Mineral and Stone 62 70 -11% 2,651 2,897 -8%
Steel 113 173 -35% 5,724 4,251 35%
Electronics 71 576 -88% 2,984 3,655 -18%
Furniture 184 225 -18% 7,721 8,068 -4%
All U.S. Imports 3,170 3,853 -18% 127,430 154,085 -17%







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