Outbound containers to the U.S. from 10 major Asian countries and regions (based on shipments that mother vessels are loaded with at ports of origin) increased 3.6% to 1,515,033 TEUs, enjoying a year-on-year improvement for two back-to-back months, U.S. research company Descartes Datamyne recently announced. In the first eight months (January-August), however, container throughput on the trade only grew a minute 0.8% to 10,810,218 TEUs.
Meanwhile, containers from the U.S. to Asia declined 8.6% to 460,875 TEUs in July. In January-July, they fell 4% to 3,461,110 TEUs.
Looking at containerized shipments exported in August by origin, those from most economies swelled from a year earlier. Exports from China waned 2% to 897,074 TEUs, suffering a year-on-year contraction for seven consecutive months, but managed to hold the largest share of the pie. Finishing in second place, those from South Korea surged 16.7% to 166,951 TEUs. Ranked third were those from Vietnam, which soared 37.2% to 106,403 TEUs and hiked from a year earlier for the ninth consecutive month. The fourth-largest source was Taiwan, which exported 81,003 TEUs, up 0.5%, which marked a year-on-year increase for six months running. Containers from Japan came in seventh, totaling 41,214 TEUs, down 8.3%. Including those transshipped in Japan, the total sank 3.5% to 55,630 TEUs based on volumes at ports of loading.
As for incoming containers in July, 138,837 TEUs were moved to China, down 15.7%. They were followed by those to South Korea, which decreased 2.4% to 54,466 TEUs. The third-greatest destination was Japan, to which 54,346 TEUs were carried, down 16%. Containers to the top three all diminished year on year. In contrast, imports to India, which finished in fourth place, ballooned 29.3% to 47,008 TEUs.