Login



For PLUS+ subscription assistance, contact customer service.

Not a PLUS+ Subscriber?

Become a PLUS+ Subscriber today and you'll get access to all Supply Chain Management Review premium content including:

  • Full Web Access
  • 7 Magazine Issues per Year
  • Companion Digital Editions
  • Digital Edition Archives
  • Bonus Email Newsletters

Subscribe Today!

Premium access to exclusive online content, companion digital editions, magazine issues and email newsletters.

Subscribe Now.


Become a PLUS+ subscriber and you'll get access to all Supply Chain Management Review premium content including:

  • Full Web Access. All feature articles, bonus reports and industry research through scmr.com.

  • 7 Magazine Issues per year of Supply Chain Management Review magazine.

  • Companion Digital Editions. Searchable replicas of each magazine issue. Read them in any web browser. Delivered by email faster than printed issues.

  • Digital Editions Archives. Every article, every chart and every table as it appeared in the magazine for all archive issues back to 2009.

  • Bonus email newsletters. Add convenient weekly and monthly email newsletters to your subscription to keep your finger on the pulse of the industry.

PLUS+ subscriptions start as low as $109/year*. Begin yours now.
That's less than $0.36 per day for access to information that you can use year-round to better manage your entire global supply chain.

For assistance with your PLUS+ subscription, contact customer service.

* Prices higher for subscriptions outside the USA.

You have been logged out of PLUS+


For PLUS+ subscription assistance, contact customer service.

Need to access our premium PLUS+ Content?
Upgrade your subscription now.


Our records show that you are currently receiving a free subscription to Supply Chain Management Review magazine, or your subscription has expired. To access our premium content, you need to upgrade your subscription to our PLUS+ status.

To upgrade your subscription account, please contact customer service at:

Email: [email protected] Phone: 1-800-598-6067 (1-508-663-1500 x294 outside USA)

Become a PLUS+ subscriber and you'll get access to all Supply Chain Management Review premium content including:

  • Full Web Access. All feature articles, bonus reports and industry research through scmr.com.

  • 7 Magazine Issues per year of Supply Chain Management Review magazine.

  • Companion Digital Editions. Searchable replicas of each magazine issue. Read them in any web browser. Delivered by email faster than printed issues.

  • Digital Editions Archives. Every article, every chart and every table as it appeared in the magazine for all archive issues back to 2010.

  • Bonus email newsletters. Add convenient weekly and monthly email newsletters to your subscription to keep your finger on the pulse of the industry.

PLUS+ subscriptions start as low as $129/year*. Start yours now.
That's less than $0.36 per day for access to information that you can use year-round to better manage your entire global supply chain.

This content is available for PLUS+ subscribers.


Already a PLUS+ subscriber?


To begin or upgrade your subscription, Become a PLUS+ subscriber now.

For assistance with your PLUS+ subscription, contact customer service.

Sorry, but your login to PLUS+ has failed.


Please recheck your login information and resubmit below.



For PLUS+ subscription assistance, contact customer service.

High hopes remain intact for 2017 U.S. import volumes, says Port Tracker

Keeping in line with recent sentiment, the most recent edition of the Port Tracker report issued by the National Retail Federation (NRF) and maritime consultancy Hackett Associates is calling for United States-bound retail container volumes to hit an all-time high in August.

By ·
{scmr_abstract}
By ·

Keeping in line with recent sentiment, the most recent edition of the Port Tracker report issued by the National Retail Federation (NRF) and maritime consultancy Hackett Associates is calling for United States-bound retail container volumes to hit an all-time high in August.

The ports surveyed in the report include: Los Angeles/Long Beach, Oakland, Tacoma, Seattle, Houston, New York/New Jersey, Hampton Roads, Charleston, and Savannah, Miami, and Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based Port Everglades. Authors of the report explained that cargo import numbers do not correlate directly with retail sales or employment because they count only the number of cargo containers brought into the country, not the value of the merchandise inside them, adding that the amount of merchandise imported provides a rough barometer of retailers’ expectations.

“Retailers are selling more and that means they need to import more,” NRF Vice President for Supply Chain and Customs Policy Jonathan Gold said in a statement. “With sales showing year-over-year increases almost every month for a long time now, retail supply chains are working hard to keep up. These latest numbers are a good sign of what retailers expect in terms of consumer demand over the next few months.”

For June, the most recent month for which data is available, ports covered in the report handled 1.69 million TEU (Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units), which is down 2% compared to May and is up 5.6% annually. 

The report pegged July at 1.72 million TEU, which would mark a 5.6% annual gain. And should the projections for August come to fruition, it would be up 2.1% to 1.75 million TEU for its highest monthly volume since NRF first started tracking imports in 2000, topping March 2015’s 1.73 million.

What’s more with May, and potentially July and August, and October, which the report expects to be up 3% at 1.72 million TEU, at 1.7 million or more TEU, that would represent four of the six highest-volume months ever recorded by Port Tracker.  September, November, and December are projected to hit 1.67 million TEU (up 4.7%), 1.62 million TEU (down 1.4%), and 1.59 million TEU (up 1.5%), respectively.

Port Tracker expects total 2017 volumes to be up 4.9% annually at 19.7 million TEU and setting a new annual record in the process. It would also mark an improvement over the 3.1% annual gain from 2015 to 2016.

The report also pointed out that the gains in import numbers are running in tandem with gains in increased sales, with total retail sales seeing annual increases each month going back to November 2009 and retail sales as calculated by NRF, minus autos, gasoline stations, and restaurants, have seen annual gains for all but three months going back to the start of 2010.  NRF expects 2017 retail sales to be up between 3.7% to 4.2% compared to 2016.

“Real gross domestic product increased at an annual rate of 2.6 percent in the second quarter this year, according to the Commerce Department, up from 1.2 percent in the first quarter. This relatively strong growth underlies the robust level of imports we have forecast and witnessed,” wrote Hackett Associates Founder Ben Hackett in the report. “The projection for the second half of the year is not as robust. Both private sector economists and those at the International Monetary Fund have downgraded their projections. But they still expect annual growth for 2017 will be over two percent, and that aligns with our forecast for import cargo growth, which has increased to 5.3 percent year-on-year.” 


About the Author

Jeff Berman, Group News Editor
Jeff Berman is Group News Editor for Logistics Management, Modern Materials Handling, and Supply Chain Management Review. Jeff works and lives in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, where he covers all aspects of the supply chain, logistics, freight transportation, and materials handling sectors on a daily basis. Contact Jeff Berman

Subscribe to Supply Chain Management Review Magazine!

Subscribe today. Don't Miss Out!
Get in-depth coverage from industry experts with proven techniques for cutting supply chain costs and case studies in supply chain best practices.
Start Your Subscription Today!

Article Topics

All Topics
Latest Whitepaper
Best Practices for Seamless Integrated Transportation Management
Few companies are putting transportation management best practices to work in their supply chain operations. However, when executed correctly, a transportation management solution is an effective way to improve cost efficiency and serve evolving customer needs.
Download Today!
Subscribe to Our Email Newsletter
Sign up today to receive our FREE, weekly email newsletter!


Latest Webcast
New Attitudes for S&OP / IBP to Keep Pace with Evolving Markets
Have you ever wondered why so many companies struggle to implement an effective S&OP strategy? In this webinar we'll examine why it's time to view S&OP as an evolutionary process that is flexible, adaptable and forward thinking
Register Today!
EDITORS' PICKS
The Hackett Group Says Typical Procurement Organizations Need “Digital Transformation”
The potential cost take-out opportunity through digital transformation of the procurement function...
NAFTA Renegotiation and its Supply Chain Implications Explored
The first round of the negotiations among the United States, Canada and Mexico will take place in...

Resilinc Awarded Patent for supply Chain Risk Analytics and Vulnerability Maps
US Patent Number 9721294 protects the company’s unique supply chain risk analytics
Creating Holistic Supply Chain Sustainability: Not a Choice, a Given
When Oracle OpenWorld’s annual conference convenes in San Francisco this October, you can bet that...