Asia-Europe container volumes show signs of recovery with 10 percent jump in past 12 months

Container volumes in the Asia-Europe trade posted a 10 percent year-on-year increase to 1.3 million teu, the highest monthly throughput in 2013, according to newly released figures.

In the year-to-date, Asia-Europe container volumes were 3.2 percent higher year on year to 9.4 million teu. The biggest monthly increase in 2013 came in July when volumes increased 9.5 percent.

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The biggest August gain on Asia-Europe trade lane was posted by Asia-East Med/Black Sea run, where volumes soared 17.6 percent to reach 216,260 teu. In the year-to-date, they were up 11.2 percent year on year to 1.7 million teu.

Asia-West Med/North Africa volumes posted a 14.2 percent increase in August to 219,404 teu with the year-to-date throughput coming in at 1.6 million teu, up 4.3 per cent year on year. However, Asia-Europe volumes for 2013 were still down 1.6 percent against the highs of 2011 when West Med/North Africa throughput was down 14.3 percent from the year before.