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Retail Imports Rising Ahead of Expected Higher Tariffs

Source: National Retail Federation May 9, 2019

With retail sales rising and President Trump saying he plans to both increase and broaden tariffs on goods from China, imports at the nation’s major retail container ports are expected to see unusually high levels the remainder of this spring and through the summer, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released today by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates.

“Much of this is driven by consumer demand but retailers are likely to resume stocking up merchandise before new tariffs can take effect,” NRF Vice President for Supply Chain and Customs Policy Jonathan Gold said. “Tariff increases and new tariffs will mean higher costs for U.S. businesses, higher prices for American consumers and lost jobs for many American workers. We encourage the administration to stay focused on a trade agreement, and we hope the negotiations will get back on track. It would be unfortunate to undermine the progress that has been made with more tit-for-tat tariffs that only punish Americans.”

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April 2019 Manufacturing ISM® Report On Business®

Source: Institute for Supply Management – May 1, 2019

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in April, and the overall economy grew for the 120th consecutive month, say the nations supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM® Report On Business®.

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Transpacific General Rate Increases (GRI) and China Low Sulfur Surcharges (LSF)

The following are the announced levels for upcoming General Rate Increases (GRI) and China Low Sulfur Surcharges (LSF) from carriers.

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National Retail Federation April 8, 2019

Retail Imports Rising Again as Summer Approaches

Source: National Retail Federation April 8, 2019

With tariff increases delayed for the foreseeable future and the busy summer season approaching, imports at the nation’s major retail container ports are beginning to climb again, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released today by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates.

“Retailers are starting to stock up in anticipation of a strong summer,” NRF Vice President for Supply Chain and Customs Policy Jonathan Gold said. “Tariff increases are on hold and progress is being reported in talks between the United States and China, so the imports we’re seeing now are driven primarily by expectations for consumer demand.”

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March 2019 Manufacturing ISM® Report

March 2019 Manufacturing ISM® Report On Business®

Source: Institute for Supply Management April 1 2019

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in March, and the overall economy grew for the 119th consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM® Report On Business®.

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MIQ Logistics GRI Chart

Transpacific General Rate Increases (GRI) and China Low Sulfur Surcharges (LSF)

The following are the announced levels for upcoming General Rate Increases (GRI) and China Low Sulfur Surcharges (LSF) from carriers.

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retail imports graph for march 2019

Retail Imports Drop to Annual Low with Retailers Between Seasons and Tariff Hike on Hold

Source: National Retail Federation March 8, 2019

With the retail industry in its annual lull between seasons and plans for a tariff increase on hold, imports at the nation’s major retail container ports are expected to drop to their lowest level in almost a year this month, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released today by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates.

“Now that the holiday season is over and summer has yet to crank up, this is the quiet time of year for retail supply chains,” NRF Vice President for Supply Chain and Customs Policy Jonathan Gold said. “Retailers are also taking a break from the rush to bring merchandise in ahead of tariff hikes now that the increase that was scheduled for March has been delayed. We are hoping that the delay is permanent and, better yet, that tariffs of the past year will be removed entirely. But either way, imports will start to build up again soon as retailers prepare for the summer.”

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February 2019 Manufacturing ISM® Report On Business®

Source: Institute for Supply Management – March 1, 2019

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in February, and the overall economy grew for the 118th consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM® Report On Business®.

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GRI PSS LSF March 1 Chart

Transpacific General Rate Increases (GRI), Peak Season Surcharges (PSS), and China Low Sulfur Surcharges (LSF)

The following are the announced levels for upcoming General Rate Increases (GRI), Peak Season Surcharges (PSS), and China Low Sulfur Surcharges (LSF) from carriers.

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NRF Import Cargo Volume Report

Retail Imports Still Strong as Possible March Tariff Hike Approaches

Source: National Retail Federation – February 11, 2019

Imports at the nation’s major retail container ports have dipped since peaks seen last fall but remain at higher-than-usual levels as a possible increase in tariffs on goods from China approaches in March, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released today by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates.

“With trade talks with China still unresolved, retailers appear to be bringing spring merchandise into the country early in case tariffs go up in March,” NRF Vice President for Supply Chain and Customs Policy Jonathan Gold said. “We are hopeful that the talks will succeed, but until the trade war is behind us, retailers need to do what they can to mitigate the higher prices that will inevitably come with tariffs.”

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