US ports continued to face a heavy container imbalance in the first half of this year, with laden inbound container volumes outstripping laden outbound volumes by 2.7 times. Aggregated data from the 10 largest ports in North America showed that inbound volumes grew by 5.1% in the first 6 months of the year compared to the same period last year while outbound volumes dropped by -9.4%. Empty container handling volumes increased by 13.3% to reach a record high of 8.8m teu in the ports surveyed du