MINNEAPOLIS, July 13th, 2011 — Zepol Corporation, the leading trade intelligence company, reports that U.S. import shipment volume for June, measured in TEUs, decreased 4.57% from May and 7.38% from June of 2010. The total number of shipments also decreased 4.79% from May and more than 6% from June of 2010. Year to date, total TEUs are up 4.80% this year over last year. 

    Key Statistics from this Month’s Update:
    1. The overall June decrease was largely caused by the nearly 6% decrease in incoming shipments from Asia. China played a large part in this, with a 5.82% decrease in shipments. Japan, however, showed a 2.53% increase in incoming shipments. Similar to Asia, Central America and South America exhibited a 4.85% and 7.56% decrease, respectively, while Europe looked promising with a slight import decrease of only 0.14%. 
    2. The Pacific, South Atlantic, and Mid Atlantic ports in the U.S. each showed a decrease of 6.18%, 2.93%, and 5.34%, respectively, of incoming shipments. The ports in California ended their 2 month long streak of rising imports and posted an 8% decrease when compared to June of 2010.
    3. Maersk Line maintains their number one carrier spot, although they showed a 4.53% decrease in TEUs from May. While the majority of carriers suffered a similar decrease in TEUs in June, Orient Overseas Container Line recorded a healthy 3.54% increase, keeping them within our top 10 carriers list. 
    Methodology:

    Zepol’s data is derived from Bills of Lading entered into the Automated Manifest System. This information represents the number of House manifests entered by importers of waterborne containerized goods. This is the earliest indicator for trade data available for the previous month’s import activity. The data excludes shipments from empty containers, excludes shipments labeled as freight remaining on board, and may contain other data anomalies.

    About Zepol Corporation:

    Zepol Corporation is a Minnesota-based company working to provide the most complete and up-to-date trade data to organizations around the world. Zepol provides industry leading trade data tools, TradeIQ and TradeView, for analyzing the United States trade marketplace. TradeIQ is an up-to-date U.S. Customs import Bill of Lading database and is available through an online interface. TradeView provides access to U.S. Census data to visualize the import and export economy.

    Zepol’s user base includes over 1,000 subscribers representing the leaders of every trade related industry. Our customers are the most important players in the international trade community. Users include leading transportation executives, supply chain professionals, competitive intelligence practitioners, and intellectual property attorneys at:
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