Global Trade

By Jeff Berman · June 29, 2016
May shipments––at 954,000––saw a 10 percent jump over April and a 1.5 percent annual gain, which was boosted by furniture and auto parts imports, despite slow growth in China. This output marked the best ever month for May going back to 2007 based on Panjiva data, as well as its highest monthly shipment level since August 2015.
By Jeff Berman · June 8, 2016
As was the case in the previous two years, the optimism of respondents towards global trade continued to dip, with 45 percent of the survey’s respondents optimism about prospects for global trade this year, which is down from 2015’s 55 percent and 2014’s 64 percent.
By Jeff Berman · June 2, 2016
The pace of United States-bound waterborne shipments on a year-to-date basis through April is mildly mixed compared to the same period a year ago, according to recent data issued by Panjiva.
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By Purolator · May 17, 2016
As many U.S. shippers are well aware, Canada is the top export destination for U.S. manufacturers, claiming 19 percent of all American exports. And due to the explosive growth of e-commerce, that number is only going to get bigger.
By Jeff Berman · April 29, 2016
March shipments at 798,180 trailed February by 12 percent and were down 19 percent annually.
By Jeff Berman · April 29, 2016
March shipments at 798,180 trailed February by 12 percent and were down 19 percent annually. For the entire first quarter, shipments were relatively flat annually, rising 0.27 percent to 2,587,988.
By Patrick Burnson · April 25, 2016
Analysts for Datamyne are telling logistics managers to add climate change to the factors that shape global trade.
By Jeff Berman · March 23, 2016
CrossBorder is the former Bongo International, a provider of cross border enablement technologies and solutions, whom FedEx acquired in December 2014. FedEx said that this announcement reflects its investment in expanding its international e-commerce offerings.
By Patrick Burnson · March 1, 2016
Even if there's a turnaround, don't expect the growth rates that we saw in the 1990’s or the 2000’s
By Patrick Burnson · March 1, 2016
“The US is a bright spot in the global economy,” says IHS chief economist Dr. Nariman Behravesh, “ and within the U.S. it’s the consumer that is the bright spot.”
By Patrick Burnson · February 24, 2016
Election year politics notwithstanding, Alexander Feldman, president and CEO of the U.S.-ASEAN Business Council is a strong advocate of the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
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By Ben Camiel · February 23, 2016
Will Big Data, the Internet of Things and connected environments driven by sensor technologies be the drivers behind these improvements?
By Patrick Burnson · February 1, 2016
Ten Southeast Asian countries launched a long-term plan to achieve regional economic integration within the next 10 years to better compete with China, Japan and South Korea. However, transportation infrastructure must be rapidly improved for this to happen.
By Patrick Burnson · November 30, 2015
Christopher L. Koch, who just retired from a 15-year tenure as president and CEO of the World Shipping Council (WSC), and continues to serve as its senior advisor, is still telling shippers to stay the course.
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By Ben Camiel · November 18, 2015
Companies are increasingly turning to Foreign-Trade Zones (FTZ) to reduce duties and lower costs. In fact, 57% of companies reported a decrease in import fees and experienced more optimal total landed costs per unit since using FTZs.

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