Port Tracker

By Jeff Berman · July 9, 2014
As negotiations between the PMA and ILWU continues, Port Tracker stated that July volumes could top 1.5 million containers, which would represent the single highest monthly volume in five years.
By Jeff Berman · June 9, 2014
With the June 30 deadline for contract talks for West Coast dockworkers between the between the Pacific Maritime Association and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) approaching, import activity at United States-based retail container ports is expected to see earlier than usual gains for this time of year, according to the most recent edition of the Port Tracker report.
By Jeff Berman · May 7, 2014
Growth is anticipated in the coming months at U.S. retail container ports despite some looming challenges along the way, according to the most recent edition of the Port Tracker report from the National Retail Federation (NRF) and maritime consultancy Hackett Associates.
By Patrick Burnson · April 9, 2014
With the Panama canal expansion meeting its deadline in late 2015, shippers are busy determining which gateways would best serve their future needs. But even more strategic complexity has been introduced this year with consolidation of ocean carrier services. Rather than whistling in the dark, the leading ocean cargo gateways are keeping their guard up.
By Jeff Berman · April 8, 2014
The forecast for growth at United States-based retail container ports is largely positive, according to the most recent edition of the Port Tracker report from the National Retail Federation (NRF) and maritime consultancy Hackett Associates.
By Jeff Berman · March 10, 2014
Coming off of February, which is typically the slowest month of the year, the report expects to be March much better, with retailers starting to stock up for spring and summer.
By Jeff Berman · January 13, 2014
Optimism appears to be the operative term in describing growth prospects at U.S.-based retail container ports in 2014, according to the most recent edition of the Port Tracker report from the National Retail Federation (NRF) and maritime consultancy Hackett Associates.
By Jeff Berman · December 10, 2013
Boosted by some promising signs in the United States economy, the most recent edition of the Port Tracker report from the National Retail Federation and maritime consultancy Hackett Associates is calling for a positive end to 2013 in terms of annual import growth at U.S.-based retail container ports.
By Jeff Berman · November 12, 2013
Even with the government shutdown and a downwardly revised annual forecast, activity at United States-based retail container ports continued on a growth path and expected to continue that way through the end of the year, according to the most recent edition of the Port Tracker report from the National Retail Federation (NRF) and maritime consultancy Hackett Associates.
By Jeff Berman · October 8, 2013
A moderate economic recovery and a United States federal government shutdown do not appear to be enough to prevent holiday season-related import activity from posting an annual gain, according to the most recent edition of the Port Tracker report from the National Retail Federation (NRF) and maritime consultancy Hackett Associates.
By Jeff Berman · September 10, 2013
It appears that there are some encouraging things happening on the economic front that maybe, just maybe, could be cause for some long-term optimism.
By Jeff Berman · September 9, 2013
Even in a relatively tepid economic environment, there are indications holiday–related import activity is gaining traction, according to the most recent edition of the Port Tracker report from the National Retail Federation (NRF) and maritime consultancy Hackett Associates.
By Jeff Berman · August 13, 2013
The monthly Port Tracker report from the National Retail Federation (NRF) and Hackett Associates released today is calling for import volume at United States major retail container ports to rise 1.7 percent annually in August.
By Jeff Berman · July 10, 2013
Barring a sudden shift in economic activity, United States-bound import activity is expected to remain along its current trend lines of slow growth, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker North America report from the National Retail Federation (NRF) and Hackett Associates.
By Jeff Berman · May 14, 2013
The report noted that import growth at major U.S.-based retail container ports is expected to increase 3.3 percent annually in May, but cautioned that growth could slow down considerably by the end of the summer.

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