Zepol Corp. (www.zepol.com), a trade intelligence company, reported that U.S. import shipment volume for June, measured in TEUs, was down 3.7 percent from May, but is up 4.4 percent from June 2011.
TEU shipments in the second quarter of 2012 were also up 4.7 percent from the same period one year ago. Although there was a drop from last month, June had the second highest TEU imports so far in 2012, outdoing January by a slight 1 percent. Last year saw a comparable trend in the summer months with a moderate dip in June 2011, but spikes in July 2011 and August 2011.
In June, the majority of Asian countries saw a minor drop in shipments to the United States; China decreased by 0.03 percent from May; and similar percentages were seen from South Korea and Japan. Shipments from Germany to the U.S., however, dropped 12.9 percent from May. Brazil and Chile both rose in exports to the United States in June by 14.3 percent and 7.2 percent, respectively.
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