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China box exports to US down 6.5pc from January to May

CONTAINERISED exports to the US have slumped 6

China box exports to US down 6.5pc from January to May

CONTAINERISED exports to the US have slumped 6

16 June 2019 - 19:00

CONTAINERISED exports to the US have slumped 6.5 per cent in the first five months of the year compared to the same period last year due to the continuing trade war between the two nations.

Statistics from Alphaliner show that Chinese exports to the US decreased to 3.87 million TEU in the first five months compared to 4.14 million TEU in the year-ago period.



Despite the trade war tensions, China remains by far the largest origin of US containerised imports even though its share has reduced from 46 per cent in 2018 to 42 per cent this year.



Overall, US container imports during the January-May 2019 period still grew by 2.8 per cent year on year to 9.31 million TEU from 9.06 million TEU as most other cargo origin countries recorded volumes increases.



The next 15 largest exporters to the US after China recorded a gain of 12.1 per cent in container volumes during the January-May 2019 period, as their combined share of US container imports grew from 35 per cent to 39 per cent. However, at 3.6 million TEU, the 15 countries combined volume was still smaller than China's at 3.87 million TEU, reports Colchester's Seatrade Maritime News.



Vietnam registered the largest increase at 30.7 per cent as its total exports to the US reached 564,420 TEU. 'Transpacific carriers have been cashing in on the increased volumes from Vietnam, adding two new direct calls at Northern Vietnam's Haiphong port (HICT) this year to complement 12 existing calls at Southern Vietnam's port of Cai Mep,' Alphaliner stated.



These gains were recorded amid claims made recently by the Vietnamese government that goods of Chinese origin have been illegally relabelled as Vietnamese to avoid punitive US tariffs imposed on imports from China,' the container shipping analysts said.


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