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U.S. Imports in 2014 | Top Ports, NVOs, and Countries

Zepol’s data shows that U.S. ocean imports increased 6 percent in 2014 from 2013. Total TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) reached 19.4 million, their highest volume ever. U.S. imports were over 1 million TEUs more than 2013, which reached 18.3 million. The graphs below show just how much growth was seen in 2014.

US imports 2014 vs 2013 graph

(U.S. Monthly Ocean Imports in 2013 vs. 2014 by TEUs)

us imports annual teus 2003 to 2014 graph
(U.S. Ocean Imports from 2003 to 2014 by TEUs)

Top U.S. Ports in 2014
The top U.S. port for 2014 was once again Los Angeles, which increased in import volume by 8 percent from 2013. The port of Savannah, GA was the fourth-largest U.S. port in 2014. The Atlantic port increased in imports by 17 percent from 2013, the largest gain out of the top 10 ports. See the table below for total imports in 2014 vs. 2013 for the top 10 U.S. ports.

U.S. Port 2014 TEUs 2013 TEUs % Change
Los Angeles, CA 4,272,493 3,968,200 8%
Long Beach, CA 3,537,860 3,456,436 2%
Newark/ New York 2,972,464 2,788,246 7%
Savannah, GA 1,355,928 1,157,338 17%
Norfolk, VA 981,518 902,258 9%
Tacoma, WA 821,880 724,163 13%
Oakland, CA 820,979 780,682 5%
Houston, TX 768,865 682,108 13%
Charleston, SC 748,511 658,049 14%
Seattle, WA 457,904 572,165 -20%
All Others 2,693,440 2,571,152 5%
TOTAL 19,431,844 18,260,797 6%

Top NVOCCs in 2014
The top NVOCCs (non-vessel operating common carrier) for 2014 include Expeditors International of Washington (EXDO), Blue Anchor Line (BANQ), and Christal Lines (CHSL). Christal Lines had the greatest surge in TEU volume from 2013 with a 76 percent increase. The rapid rise in volume coincides with its recent merger with Phoenix International last year. See the below table for the top NVOs in 2014 vs. 2013.

NVOCC Name 2014 TEUs 2013 TEUs % Change
EXDO - Expeditors International of Washington 420,042 388,386 8%
BANQ - Blue Anchor America Line 393,308 339,716 16%
CHSL - Christal Lines 317,092 180,452 76%
AMAW - Apex Shipping Co 250,561 228,898 9%
OERT - Orient Express Container Co 216,250 197,345 10%
DMAL - Danmar Lines Ltd 193,602 175,945 10%
SHKK - Schenkerocean Limited 168,642 165,362 2%
HNLT - Honour Lane Shipping Ltd 144,859 119,525 21%
TOPO - Topocean Consolidation Service 131,645 120,596 9%
HYSL - Hecny Shipping Limited 123,417 110,947 11%
All Others 4,501,173 4,176,822 8%
TOTAL 6,860,592 6,203,993 11%

Top Countries of Origin in 2014
It’s no surprise that the most U.S. imports come from China, which has continued to grow in 2014. U.S. imports from China rose 6 percent from 2013, nearly half a million TEUs, with a total of over 9 million TEUs last year. Vietnam has also made some large leaps in exports to the United States. Although it’s far behind China's volume, the country increased its TEUs to the U.S. by 15 percent from 2013 to 2014. The table below shows the top 10 countries the United States imports from via ocean shipments.

Country of Origin 2014 TEUs 2013 TEUs % Change
China 9,045,897 8,505,989 6%
Vietnam 734,789 639,436 15%
South Korea 694,100 667,799 4%
Japan 615,921 600,032 3%
Germany 570,051 537,309 6%
Taiwan 546,218 510,423 7%
India 472,661 413,144 14%
Hong Kong 371,374 399,845 -7%
Italy 370,806 348,530 6%
Thailand 350,911 336,064 4%
All Others 5,659,118 5,302,227 6%
TOTAL 19,431,844 18,260,797 6%

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The Data in this Blog:
The data in the blog derives from Zepol's database of U.S. ocean import documents, TradeIQ Import. The TEU numbers do not include fright labeled as 'freight remaining on board' (shipments that do not stay in the United States but continue on to another destination) and do not include empty containers.

United States and Europe Trade Report | Free Download

US EU Report Download ButtonZepol has published its ‘United States and Europe Trade Report,’ which covers the imports and exports between these giant-trade behemoths. The demand for this report has been high due to recent events like the negotiations for a transatlantic trade agreement and, not to forget, the ever-increasing tensions with Russia. The thought-provoking figures show broad-level statistics but also delve deep into U.S. trade with Germany, the United Kingdom, Russia and Ukraine.

“With so much going on politically between the United States and Europe, the contents of this report couldn’t be more timely,” explains Zepol’s CEO Paul Rasmussen. “It’s amazing what an immediate impact Russia’s sanctions had on U.S. food exports as well as the potential effects a free trade agreement could have on U.S. and EU trade.”

In the report, trade professionals will find import and export values, top U.S. and European trading companies, growing products, U.S. port trends, etc. The data also exposes the current state of trade between the United States and Ukraine. The stats hint at how the nation’s economy is doing after Russia’s recent occupation of Crimea.

Click Here for a free download of the ‘United States and Europe Trade Report’

The information in this report was derived from Zepol’s trade intelligence tools, TradeIQ Import and TradeView. Zepol’s online tools are subscription-based products that provide insights into companies importing and exporting in the United States. Zepol makes it easy to generate lists of U.S. importers and exporters, based on criteria, that fit your target market.

Select Multiple HS Codes in TradeIQ Import and New TradeView Reports

Zepol is happy to announce enhancements to two of our trade data tools. With the launch of phase two of the TradeIQ Import HS Code search, subscribers are able to search for multiple HS Codes simultaneously. An HS Code is a 6-digit code that identifies an imported product and determines the amount of duties owed. With the new HS Code search subscribers can:

  • View lists of HS Codes for importers and suppliers
  • Search for any combination of 2-, 4-, and 6-digit HS Codes in addition to product keywords
  • Narrow down a broad Product search by selecting an HS chapter
In TradeView, subscribers can download and schedule emailed reports for three new reporting options:
  • Detail: See total Records, Quantities, and more for each combination of 10-digit HTS Code and the other searchable fields
  • Market Share: See total measures and percentages of the whole for HTS Codes, Countries, U.S. Ports, and more
  • Period-over-Period Comparison: View how values, weights, and more have changed over the last month, quarter, year, or over the same time period last year
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U.S. Imports of Fake Christmas Trees | The Transportation Journey

This year, Americans may consume more artificial Christmas trees than ever before. U.S. imports are 48 percent higher this year (January-September) compared to the same time in 2013. The infographic below shows just how far your plastic-pine, or your fake-fir have traveled to make your Christmas 'treeriffic.' Infographic Artificial Christmas Tree Imports image

About Artificial Christmas Tree Imports: Over 97 percent of fake Christmas trees originate in China, with 76 percent leaving the port of Yantian. Ironically, the carrier Evergreen Line has transported a significant amount of artificial trees to the United States. So far in 2014 (January-Novemer), Evergreen Line has transported over 6,000 metric tons of Christmas trees. Costco Wholesale is a major U.S. importer of artificial trees. The company has imported over 1,000 TEUs (twenty-foot containers) already this year. It's not a surprise that most trees land at the port of Los Angeles, but the port of Savannah, GA and the port of Norfolk, VA also import a significant amount.

Gobble Down Import Facts This Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Table Imports As the end of the year approaches, there seems to be a never-ending barrage of holidays. While you might feel a bit overwhelmed with the party preparations or planning out your shopping lists, many retailers began stocking-up on your fall favorites months ago.

Turkeys, potatoes, and cranberries might make the classic Thanksgiving favorites but the top imports found on the table in your dinner spread are actually wine, pumpkins, squash and gourds, and apples.
Here are the fast facts:

The largest imported product to the United States is non-sparkling grape wine (HTS 2204.21, HTS 2204.29), with $3.35 billion imported between January and September 2014.

Sparkling grape wine (HTS 2204.10) is second in imports at a much smaller $610 million. Sparkling wines saw a dramatic monthly increase in imports in August 2014 from about $80.04 million to $101 million, a similar trend occurred last year around the same time.

Although pumpkins, squash, and gourds (HTS 0709.93) are most popular around the holidays, over 87 percent of imports arrived in the United States within the first five months of the year.

The United States imported $228 million worth of apples (HTS 0808.10) in 2014. 91 percent of these imports arrived between April and August.

Thanksgiving (seasonal) favorites:

US Turkey ImportsIn October 2013, the United States imported $45 million worth of cranberries (HTS 0810.40.0300, HTS 0811.90.3500) from Canada, 50 percent of total imports within the last year.

So far in 2014, the United States has imported $105 million in potatoes (HTS 0701.90).

Only about $350 thousand worth of turkeys (HTS 0207.24, HTS 0207.25) are imported into the United States, all of which arrive from Canada.