When asked the question above, the majority of people immediately think of China. Rightfully so, as the U.S. imports about 45% of total containerized imports from China, and this number has remained flat for the past five years. What may come as a surprise, however, are all of the other top countries that supply goods to the United States. Germany, for example, is the fourth country on our list for inbound TEUs and accounts for about 3% of all U.S. imports.

See the top 20 countries of origin for U.S. vessel imports in Zepol's list below:
Country TEUs Imported
2012 Q1
% Change From
2011 Q1
% Import
Market Share
China 1,828,336 0.06% 43.88%
South Korea 161,596 0.55% 3.88%
Japan 154,493 3.32% 3.71%
Germany 125,793 15.41% 3.02%
Taiwan 118,418 0.83% 2.84%
Vietnam 113,778 13.19% 2.73%
Hong Kong 103,132 -6.81% 2.48%
India 101,319 15.46% 2.43%
Indonesia 89,660 3.53% 2.15%
Thailand 74,662 -7.93% 1.79%
Italy 70,242 3.91% 1.69%
Belgium 64,612 0.27% 1.55%
Guatemala 57,300 1.05% 1.38%
Brazil 55,008 -10.56% 1.32%
Netherlands 48,398 11.07% 1.16%
Chile 46,549 3.46% 1.12%
Honduras 45,483 -2.58% 1.09%
Malaysia 44,331 14.23% 1.06%
United Kingdom 40,917 6.56% 0.98%
Costa Rica 37,176 -8.07% 0.89%