Panjiva data shows seasonal economic growth amid long-term concerns

Following a 7 percent gain in shipments from March to April, April to May showed an 8 percent increase at 1,037,365, said Panjiva. The number of global manufacturers shipping to the U.S.—at 147,876 was up 6 percent, matching a 6 percent increase from March to April. Both shipments and manufacturers were down 1 percent, respectively, year-over-year.

By ·

Data from Panjiva, an online search engine with detailed information on global suppliers and manufacturers, showed solid economic growth on a seasonal basis from April to May.

Following a 7 percent gain in shipments from March to April, April to May showed an 8 percent increase at 1,037,365, said Panjiva.  The number of global manufacturers shipping to the U.S.—at 147,876 was up 6 percent, matching a 6 percent increase from March to April. Both shipments and manufacturers were down 1 percent, respectively, year-over-year.

While both shipments and the number of global manufacturers shipping to the U.S. are up over the last two months, concern over a possible double-dip recession remains heightened in recent weeks, due to energy prices, high unemployment and several other factors.

“I would describe this data as solid but seasonal growth,” said Panjiva CEO Josh Green. “If you look back on previous years from April to May, we always see growth. In 2008, April to May growth was up 6 percent and up 3 percent in 2009, and in 2010 it was 12 percent. As healthy as 8 percent is, it is still not on the level we saw a year ago at this time.”

Even though there was growth from April to May, Green said that this type of output was expected due to seasonal variations.

But he said that with the various reports of negative economic news at the moment, there are companies shifting into the mode of making purchases for the holiday season amidst these reports, which could lead to flat shipping trends throughout the third quarter and into the fourth quarter.

“There is a lot of caution across the board regarding the economy at the moment,” said Green.


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 Logistics Management Magazine!

Subscribe today. It's FREE!
Get timely insider information that you can use to better manage your entire logistics operation.
Start your FREE subscription today!

Latest Whitepaper
Improving Packaging: The Cost of Shipping Air is Going Up
Retailers and manufacturers that insist on using inefficient and sloppy packaging methods—oversized boxes, inefficient packaging, poorly constructed palletized contents—are paying for their mistakes in sharply higher freight rates. Pitt Ohio White Paper, Logistics White Paper, Dimensional Packaging
Download Today!
From the July 2016 Issue
While it’s currently a shippers market, the authors of this year’s report contend that we’ve entered a “period of transition” that will usher in a realignment of capacity, lower inventories, economic growth and “moderately higher” rates. It’s time to tighten the ties that bind.
2016 State of Logistics: Third-party logistics
2016 State of Logistics: Ocean freight
View More From this Issue
Subscribe to Our Email Newsletter
Sign up today to receive our FREE, weekly email newsletter!
Latest Webcast
Getting the most out of your 3PL relationship
Join Evan Armstrong, president of Armstrong & Associates, as he explains how creating a balanced portfolio of "Top 50" global and domestic partners can maximize efficiency and mitigate risk.
Register Today!
EDITORS' PICKS
Regional ports concentrate on growth and connectivity
With the Panama Canal expansion complete, ocean cargo gateways in the Caribbean are investing to...
Digital Reality Check
Just how close are we to the ideal digital supply network? Not as close as we might like to think....

Top 25 ports: West Coast continues to dominate
The Panama Canal expansion is set for late June and may soon be attracting more inbound vessel calls...
Port of Oakland launches smart phone apps for harbor truckers
Innovation uses Bluetooth, GPS to measure how long drivers wait for cargo