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Last year's container shipping volume to and from U.S. ports was virtually flat with 2000. Overall volume was 17,609,408 TEUs, compared with 17,661,305 a year earlier, according to PIERS, the Port Import/Export Reporting Service of the Journal of Commerce Group. Imports rose 1% to 11 million TEUs. Exports slipped 2.9% to 6.6 million.
Maersk Sealand remained by far the largest carrier in overall U.S. imports and exports and in most of the top U.S. trade lanes. Maersk Sealand carried over 2.5 million TEUs, more than twice the 1.2 million handled by its closest competitor, Evergreen Line.
The PIERS statistics do not include empty containers or household goods, bulk or military and government …