SOURCE: Zepol Corporation

Zepol Corporation

March 15, 2013 15:08 ET

Zepol's Data Shows February Imports Were Unusually High in 2013

U.S. Vessel Imports for February Were up 15.3% Compared to Last Year and Haven't Been This High Since 2008

MINNEAPOLIS, MN--(Marketwire - Mar 15, 2013) - Zepol Corporation, the leading trade intelligence company, reports that U.S. vessel imports are down 5% from January but up 15% from February of 2012, even with one less day this year. The total TEU (twenty-foot-container) count was over 1.4 million and total shipments were over 720,000. February imports have not reached this level for four years, which is a similar stat to what we saw in January. It appears that import levels are indeed reverting back to the numbers seen before the recession.

"Total imports for January and February of 2013 are almost 7% higher compared to the same time last year," says Zepol's CEO Paul Rasmussen, "It will be interesting to see if this holds true for the remainder of quarter one as the data for March comes in... We may be looking at a stronger year for imports than expected."

Quick Stats for U.S. Imports in February of 2013:

1. Exporting Countries - The import surge from last February to this year was mainly seen from Asia and Europe which saw increases from February of 2012 by 20.8% and 8%, respectively. China was the main source of goods from Asia and increased from last February by 34%; it was even within four points of January TEUs. Some European countries not only posted significant increases from 2012, but actually rose from January including Germany, which increased 18.3% and the Netherlands, which rose 12.3% from last month. (See More Regional Stats on Our Blog)

2. U.S. Ports - U.S. ports also had an interesting month in February. The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach decreased slightly from January, as expected, but skyrocketed in import volume from last February. L.A. rose 19.8% from this time last year and Long Beach had a 56% increase, bringing in over 100,000 more TEUs in 2013 than February of 2012.

3. Carriers - As for the vessels that haul all these containers to the United States, Maersk Line was the only one of the top ten to increase in TEU volume from January to February. Maersk rose by 7.7% this month and also increased from last February by 9%. APL and Mediterranean Shipping Company were the second and third largest carriers this month and decreased from January by 14% and 1%, respectively. Although these carriers, like everything else, increased from last year by 13.8% and 20.2%.

About Zepol Corporation:
Zepol Corporation is a Minnesota-based company that works to provide the most complete and up-to-date U.S. trade information with four unique online subscription tools: TradeIQ Import, TradeIQ Export, TradeView, and ComplianceIQ. This release's data is derived from U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Automated Commercial Environment (ACE), excludes shipments from empty containers, excludes shipments labeled as freight remaining on board, and may contain other data anomalies.

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