NRF, Hackett Associates Raise Retail Import Growth Forecast

Wednesday, February 14, 2024 · Amy Wunderlin
Retailers have generally navigated around the Red Sea cargo disruptions, but trade groups said costs will begin to rise even as they project a growth in imports.

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%…

Toy Imports Down, But Still at Pre-COVID Levels

Friday, November 24, 2023 · Amy Wunderlin
While toy imports are down 30% year-over-year, they remain at 2019 pre-COVID levels, suggesting this holiday season may not be all doom and gloom for retailers.

Forecasting the Supply Chain Impact of Autoworkers’ Strike

Wednesday, September 27, 2023 · Jeff Berman
The longer the United Auto Workers remain out on strike, the greater the impact it will have on the automotive supply chain.

August Imports Fall for 13th Consecutive Month

Wednesday, September 20, 2023 · Jeff Berman
United States-bound containerized freight imports were down in August, according to data recently issued by S&P Global Market Intelligence. August imports, at 2.88 million TEU (twenty-foot equivalent units), were down 12% annually, and were ahead of July’s 2.53 million…

Signs of Improvement Appear Even as U.S.-Bound Shipments Fall Again in July

Wednesday, August 23, 2023 · Jeff Berman
U.S.-bound shipments fell year-over-year in July but signs of improvement are beginning to appear, reports S&P Global Market Intelligence.

June Ocean Container Imports Drop 11% Compared to 2022

Thursday, July 27, 2023 · Jeff Berman
Inventory backlogs and economic uncertainty continue to dampen imports, with ocean container traffic falling year-over-year in June and down 16% year-to-date.

Lower import volumes likely through the first half of 2023

Friday, February 10, 2023 · Jeff Berman
A pairing of ongoing economic uncertainty and lower import volumes were the key themes in the new edition of the Port Tracker report, which was issued by the National Retail Federation (NRF) and maritime consultancy Hackett Associates.

Pandemic-driven shipping surge ends

Monday, January 9, 2023 · SCMR Staff
With imports below the 2 million TEU mark, major ports escape the pressures of the past year.

What are beneficial cargo owners and why should we care?

Tuesday, January 3, 2023 · Charles Edwards
This category of companies and even individuals is taking an increasingly proactive role in the worldwide air cargo logistics industry. You need to pay attention in this new year.

U.S. imports drop but port delays remain

Wednesday, October 12, 2022 · SCMR Staff
Descartes monthly report shows Chinese imports was the greatest driver of the overall decrease in U.S. imports.

Import levels dipping but retailers well stocked

Monday, October 10, 2022 · SCMR Staff
For the remainder of 2022, imports expected by Global Tracker to be off 4% year over year.

Import declines expected over balance of 2022 and into 2023

Monday, August 8, 2022 · Jeff Berman
For June, the most recent month for which data is available, import volume was down 5.9% compared to May, which set a monthly import record.

This is going to hurt– Are your supply chains ready for the Forced Labor Act?

Tuesday, June 14, 2022 · Rosemary Coates
All imports from Xinjiang Province, China will be stopped from clearing U.S. Customs on June 21.

What effect will Russian sanctions have on your supply chain?

Monday, April 25, 2022 · Rosemary Coates
We must carefully plan to limit the impact of bans and limitations on raw materials from neon to oil as well as how cargo can now travel.



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