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Retail Imports to Set New Record this Month as Consumers Spend and Tariffs Take Effect

Source: National Retail Federation

Driven by increasing consumer demand and rising retail sales, imports at the nation’s major retail container ports are expected to set a new record this month even though new tariffs on goods from China just took effect, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released today by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates.

“Retailers cannot easily or quickly change their global supply chains, so imports from China and elsewhere are expected to continue to grow for the foreseeable future,” NRF Vice President for Supply Chain and Customs Policy Jonathan Gold said. “As tariffs begin to hit imported consumer goods or the parts and equipment needed to produce U.S. goods, these hidden taxes will mean higher prices for Americans rather than significant changes to international trade.”

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Transpacific General Rate Increases (GRI) and Peak Season Surcharges (PSS)

The following announced levels from carriers are for upcoming General Rate Increases (GRI) and Peak Season Surcharges (PSS). Additionally, you will find Bunker Fuel Levels and the Low Sulphur Levels for the 3rd quarter of 2018.

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Retail Imports to Hit Record Numbers This Summer Despite Tariff Debate

Source: National Retail Federation

Imports at the nation’s major retail container ports are expected to set record numbers this summer and fall even as the debate over trade and tariffs continues in Washington, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released today by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates.

“Consumers are buying more and that means retailers are importing more,” NRF Vice President for Supply Chain and Customs Policy Jonathan Gold said. “Imports continue to be the primary source of high-quality, mass-produced necessities at affordable prices and will be for the foreseeable future. If tariffs are imposed on consumer goods, that will only drive up prices for American families while doing little or nothing to punish those responsible for unfair trade practices.”

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Transpacific General Rate Increases (GRI) and Peak Season Surcharges (PSS)

The following announced levels from carriers are for upcoming General Rate Increases (GRI) and Peak Season Surcharges (PSS). Additionally, you will find Bunker Fuel Levels as well as the Low Sulphur Levels for the 3rd quarter of 2018.

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Retail Imports Growing Despite Threat of Tariffs

Source: National Retail Federation

Imports at the nation’s major retail container ports are expected to grow steadily throughout the summer despite the prospect of heavy tariffs on goods from China, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released today by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates.

“With proposed tariffs yet to be officially imposed, retailers are stocking up on merchandise that could soon cost considerably more,” NRF Vice President for Supply Chain and Customs Policy Jonathan Gold said. “If tariffs do take effect, there’s no quick or easy way to switch where these products come from. American families will simply be stuck paying higher prices and hundreds of thousands of U.S. jobs could be lost.”

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Transpacific General Rate Increases (GRI) and Peak Season Surcharges (PSS)

The following announced levels from carriers are for upcoming General Rate Increases (GRI) and Peak Season Surcharges (PSS).  Additionally, you will find Bunker Fuel Levels as well as the Low Sulphur Levels for the 2nd quarter of 2018.

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Imports Increasing but Threatened by Growing Trade War

Source: National Retail Federation

Imports at the nation’s major retail container ports are expected to grow a healthy 5.8 percent year-over-year this month but could be threatened in the future if the developing trade war between the United States and China continues to escalate, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released today by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates.

“Tariffs are a tax on American consumers in the form of higher prices but they are also a tax on American jobs,” NRF Vice President for Supply Chain and Customs Policy Jonathan Gold said. “If tariffs ultimately lead to a reduction in imports and exports, that will put dockworkers and countless others in the supply chain out of work. American consumers and workers should not be punished for China’s wrongdoing.”

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Take Me To Your Thought Leader

Global Trade 

Recently,  John Carr (MIQ President and CEO) answered several questions that were posed to 9 global 3PL leaders.  An excerpt of John’s responses were featured in the article entitled “Take Me To Your Thought Leader”;  currently found in the April/May edition of Global Trade magazine.  >> Click here to access the entire article.

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Transpacific Eastbound General Rate Increase

The following announced levels from carriers are for upcoming General Rate Increases (GRI). Additionally, you will find Bunker Fuel Level updates as well as the Low Sulphur Levels for the 2nd quarter of 2018.

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New tariffs threaten import growth at container ports

Source: National Retail Federation

Imports at the nations’ major retail container ports are expected to dip slightly this month, but that’s the result of annual Asian factory shutdowns for Lunar New Year rather than new tariffs on steel and aluminum imposed this week, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released today by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates. Nonetheless, those and other tariffs could eventually have an impact on the ports.

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