The US’ Biggest Export This Year Was Air, Thanks To Over 12 million Empty Shipping Containers Reportedly Leaving Ports



Grace Kay | Business Insider

The US’ biggest export this year was air.

In the first 10 months of the year, over 59% of shipping containers that left the nation’s 9 largest ports were empty, according to data collected by MarketWatch. The publication found that the US exported about 12.1 million empty shipping containers from January to October of this year.

Over the past year, the number of empty containers that left the ports climbed over 46% from the previous year and nearly 38% from before the pandemic. At the same time, US imports have surged from elevated consumer demand.

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