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Import Cargo Volume

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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Only so many hours in the dray

Source: DC Velocity

U.S. intermodal traffic volumes set a record in 2017, and the consensus going into 2018 is for more gains. The global economy ended last year with its best-synchronized recovery since 2010. In the U.S., ocean imports were expected to rise 7 percent over 2016 levels, according to a December survey by the National Retail Federation (NRF) and consultancy Hackett Associates. Meanwhile, already-solid domestic intermodal demand will likely be goosed if qualified over-the-road drivers remain in short supply and if the trucking industry struggles with transitioning to the federal safety mandate requiring that virtually all trucks built after the year 2000 have electronic logging devices (ELDs) onboard.

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NRF Import Cargo Volume

Retail Imports Expected to Grow 4.9 Percent in First Half Of 2018 As Consumer Demand Increases

Source: National Retail Federation

Imports at the nation’s major retail container ports are expected to grow a healthy 4.9 percent during the first half of 2018 compared with the same period a year earlier, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released today by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates.

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Import Cargo Volume

Import Numbers Show Retailers Restocking As Holiday Season Hits Final Days

Source: National Retail Federation 

Imports at the nation’s major retail container ports are expected to increase 1.5 percent this month over the same time last year, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released today by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates. The year, which included five of the seven busiest months for imports on record, should end with a healthy 6.4 percent increase over 2016.

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US Cargo Import Volume November 2017

Imports Level Off But ‘Warehouses Are Full’ As Retailers Enter Holiday Season

Source: National Retail Federation

After months of record-setting volume as retailers stocked up for a busy holiday season, imports at the nation’s major container ports should be essentially flat this month compared with the same time last year, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released today by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates.

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NRF Imports

Imports Set A Second Record High As Retailers Prepare For Busy Holiday Season

Source: National Retail Federation
Imports set a second all-time monthly record high this summer as retailers brought in merchandise for the busy holiday season, and are continuing at unusually high levels this month, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released today by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates.

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NRF Import Cargo Volume

Retail Imports Set New Monthly High, Yearly Record Possible

Source: National Retail Federation

Growing imports at the nation’s major retail container ports set an all-time monthly record this summer, and 2017 is expected to reach a new yearly record, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released today by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates.

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Air Freight Consolidation from Houston to Latin America

MIQ Logistics is now providing air freight consolidation services from Houston (IAH) to Santiago (SCL), Lima (LIM), and Buenos Aires (EZE).

MIQ Logistics consolidation services are chosen through blocked space agreements (BSA) with premium commercial and freighter airline direct flights. Many of the blocked space agreements are with freighter cargo carriers, which helps eliminate commercial aircraft restrictions that occur.

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HOW TO MANAGE THROUGH ONE OF THE BUSIEST PEAK SEASONS IN RECENT HISTORY

As you may have read in recent articles, August is expected to be the busiest month on record for imports at major container ports in the United States and 2017 is on track to set a new annual high for import ocean volume. In addition, according to International Air Transport Association (IATA), global air freight market demand grew by 10.4% in the first-half of 2017 compared to the first-half of 2016, making it the strongest first half-year performance since air cargo’s rebound in 2010.

With record setting ocean and air volumes, importers need to understand their options to ensure they are limiting impacts to their supply chain. Here are a few ways you can prepare and manage through this record breaking time. 

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Imports Set To Hit New Monthly And Annual Records As Retail Sales Continue To Increase

Source: National Retail Federation

Boosted by continuing sales growth, August is expected to be the busiest month on record for imports at the nation’s major retail container ports and 2017 is on track to set a new annual high, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released today by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates.

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