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U.S. Banana Imports Jump 12% in Q1 2013

June 26, 2013

U.S. containerized banana imports increased 12% to 105,203 TEUs from January to March, the fourth straight quarter of double-digit year-over-year growth, according to data from PIERS.

The increase brought banana imports to their second-highest quarterly volume in more than six years, surpassed only by the 108,869 TEUs in the second quarter of 2012. Import volumes were up 2.3% from the 102,843 TEUs imported in the fourth quarter of 2012.


The top countries of origin for U.S. banana imports in the first quarter were Guatemala, with a 32% share, up 4.7 percentage points year-over-year; Costa Rica, with 19.6%, up 2.1 percentage points; Ecuador, 18.8%, down 5.8 percentage points; and Honduras, 16.8%, down 2.7 percentage points.


Banana imports from Colombia jumped 70% in the quarter from a year earlier, to 6,420 TEUs. Containerized ocean imports from Mexico nearly doubled, to 5,108 TEUs from 2,748 in the first quarter of 2012.


U.S. Agricultural Exports Fall

June 11, 2013

Agricultural exports from the U.S. declined for a second straight month in April to $10.6 billion. This is the lowest agricultural export value since July 2012.

The value of the United States’ agricultural exports was down 3.6 percent from the level seen in April 2012 when it exported $11 billion worth. Prior to the past two months, exports had shown increasing year-over-year values for 10 straight months. When compared to March 2013, export value fell 9.5 percent, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Agricultural exports have been down month-to-month for the past half year.

US Agricultural Trade Apr 13

U.S. agricultural imports, on the other hand, were at their highest value in April since the JOC began collecting this data in February 2011. They rose 7.2 percent year-over-year and inched up 0.8 percent month-to-month to reach $9.6 billion. The trade balance is now roughly a surplus of $1 billion, the lowest in over two years.

U.S. Toy Imports Wind Down in Fourth Quarter 2012

April 23, 2013

Containers of toys imported through U.S. ports showed a slight decline in the fourth quarter of 2012, the first year-over-year decline since the first quarter of 2012. Imports edged down 1.5 percent to 160,203 20-foot-equivalent units from 162,710 TEUs in the fourth quarter of 2011.


Imports showed mixed shifts throughout 2012. Toy imports inched up 0.6 percent in the third quarter, 1.7 percent in the second quarter, and imports fell almost 5 percent in the first quarter, according to data from PIERS, a JOC sister company. The fourth quarters of 2012 and 2011 both showed year-over-year declines. The drop in 2011 was by 11.3 percent over the fourth quarter of 2010.

The toy import volume for full-year 2012 was 524,644 TEUs, down 1 percent or 4,768 TEUs from 529,412 TEUs in 2011.

Mainland China, not including Hong Kong, continued to dominate the market with an 81.7 percent share of imports, although its share was down 1.2 percentage points year-over-year. Other top countries of origin for U.S. toy imports in 2012 were Hong Kong, with 6.6 percent, down 0.3 percentage points; Vietnam, 1.5 percent, up 0.1 percentage points; and Taiwan, 1.4 percent, up 0.1 percentage points.

Toy imports from Germany and Israel saw a jump in 2012. Imports from Germany rose 43 percent from 3,690 TEUs in 2011 to 5,291 TEUs in 2012. Imports from Israel in 2012 totaled 3,390 TEUs, 35 percent more than the 2,507 TEUs imported in 2011.

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January 10, 2013


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Trade Data Just Got Better. Access Details on U.S. Imports for Free

June 5, 2012

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November 3, 2011

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