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Zepol Corporation reports that US import volume in October, measured in TEUs (twenty-foot-containers), is down 6.8% from September and another 4.8% from October of last year. This is total of 1,433,446 containers imported. Interestingly, low October numbers were not always the case. Looking at prerecession levels, October had some of the highest TEU counts, but in 2011 and 2012, the holiday import-surge has shifted back to July and August. For the remainder of 2012, U.S. imports will most likely decline as the peak season ends for importers and consumption begins to wane.
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