The stats are from INTTRA, an outfit that can best be described as an Orbitz or Expedia for businesses looking to move freight across oceans. Its booking services cover 49 shipping lines representing about 93 percent of the world's ocean-going container space. In conjunction with Cass Information Systems, a logistics number cruncher (among other things), INTTRA recently put four years of its booking data into index form, going back four years, and released it to the public.
"This gives us a global view of what's happening in the freight market," said Sandra Moran, vice president of product and industry marketing for INTTRA.
And what's happening?
Export-wise things are looking up. There was a 7.3 percent rise in container exports from the United States in October, following a 9.9 percent drop in September, according to the report.
But don't get too excited. Every month in 2013 posted lower export levels than 2012. For just the month of October, container exports were 9.2 percent below the same month in 2012, 19.2 below the 2011 level and 22.4 percent below 2010.