GCTL8.com (FocusAsia Media Ltd)

TOKYO, Feb 20 (FAM) – Containerized shipments exported from Asia to Europe in December 2016 amounted to 15,080,341 TEUs, which increased a mild 1.2% from the previous calendar year, according to a report recently unveiled by the Japan Maritime Center (JMC).

The annual total enjoyed the first year-on-year improvement in two years, but failed to reach the all-time high of 15.39 million TEUs set in 2014. In breakdown, dry containers rose 1.3% to 14,856,572 TEUs, while reefer containers accounted for the balance of 223,769 TEUs, which fell 6.3%.