U.S. Containerized Imports Rise

April 3, 2012
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U.S. containerized imports closed 2011 with a surge, with goods related to the recovering housing and auto markets pushing inbound volume up 3 percent year-over-year in December.

The growth marked a rebound from weakness earlier in the fall and lifted containerized imports for the year up 3 percent over 2010 and 1.9 percent in the fourth quarter over the same period last year.

A pick-up in sales of existing homes supported a 5 percent upswing in U.S. furniture imports. Growth in the manufacturing sector also pushed auto parts imports up 19 percent, driving December increases in imports from Germany and Mexico. Requests for the import or return from Mexico of empty containers for U.S. export and domestic use rose by 264 percent.

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