Global Trade

U.S-bound May imports show continued growth, reports S&P Global Market Intelligence

Friday, June 14, 2024 · Jeff Berman
May imports, at 2.70 million TEU (Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units), rose 11% annually, following April’s 8% annual gain, with growth intact for the ninth consecutive month, following a 14-month stretch of annual declines. Total first quarter imports were up 11% annually.

Inflation continues to have a wide-ranging impact on supply chains

Monday, May 13, 2024 · Brian Straight
Inflation continues to impact various areas of supply chains, which are still dealing with ongoing disruptions, a Blue Yonder executive survey has found.

A reshoring history lesson

Friday, May 10, 2024 · Brian Straight
The reshoring trend is rapidly accelerating, but it is not new. Reshoring Institute Executive Director Rosemary Coates provided a history lesson on reshoring at the recent ISM World conference.

Despite American political environment, global geopolitical risks may be easing

Friday, May 3, 2024 · Brian Straight
Geopolitical risk advisor Ian Bremmer says that despite the current global political environment, most countries are recognizing the importance of a global supply chain.

World Trade Centers offers a helping hand to create resilient, interconnected supply chains

Wednesday, May 1, 2024 · Brian Straight
Building resilient supply chains requires trust, and the World Trade Centers is helping foster that with locations around the globe, connecting companies with local resources.

6 Questions With … Sandeep Bhide

Tuesday, April 30, 2024 · Brian Straight
Global companies are increasingly dealing with a maze of anti-corruption laws. Process Unity’s Sandeep Bhide sits for 6 Questions With … to discuss their impact and how businesses can respond.

Few executives believe their supply chains can respond quickly to disruptions

Friday, April 26, 2024 · Brian Straight
Only 17% of supply chain leaders say their company is prepared to respond to a major disruption within 24 hours, a Kinaxis survey has found.

The India Advantage: 6 Reasons Why Supply Chains Are Leaving China

Monday, February 12, 2024 · Amy Wunderlin
A new survey found U.S. C-Suite executives are over three times more likely to choose India over China for their future supply chain needs.

As Red Sea Crisis Drags On, Shippers Eye Alternatives

Tuesday, January 16, 2024 · Amy Wunderlin
While shifting Asian cargo from East Coast to West Coast U.S. ports adds time and cost, it is one option shippers have to counter continued risk in the Red Sea.

U.S.-bound imports are up in December and down for all of 2023, reports S&P Global

Tuesday, January 16, 2024 · Jeff Berman
December imports, at 2.2 million TEU (Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units), increased 9% in December, matching November’s annual percentage gain. For all of calendar year 2023, S&P reported that imports fell 8.5%, to 28.9 million TEU, while the fourth quarter posted an 8%…

Rising Rates Persist Amid Ongoing Disruptions in Red Sea, Panama Canal

Friday, January 12, 2024 · Amy Wunderlin
As shippers navigate goods around low water levels in the Panama Canal and risks in the Red Sea, rates are rising and the risk of downstream disruptions is growing.

A Momentous Year: Five Trends for 2024

Thursday, January 4, 2024 · Michael J. Gravier
The current economic climate has some similarities to the post-Cold War 1990s, and that means a boom could be on the horizon.

Cultural, Country Differences Can Influence Nearshoring Decisions

Tuesday, January 2, 2024 · Amy Wunderlin
While nearshoring can be a risk mitigation tool, it’s important for businesses to consider the differences between countries, including cultural, trade and even weather patterns, which can lead to road closures or weight reductions.

Global Container Shipping Industry Sets Sights on Tech Investment, Capacity Concerns

Monday, January 1, 2024 · Brian Straight
Supply chain professionals in the global container shipping industry expect more technology investment and positive growth in the market in 2024.

U.S., Mexico Expected to be Big Winners As Companies Move Away from China

Wednesday, December 27, 2023 · Brian Straight
Nearly 75% of companies plan to reduce their share of sourcing from China, with the U.S. and Mexico appearing to be the big winners according to an AlixPartners survey.
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