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The Employment Situation – – July 2017

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 209,000 in July, and the unemployment rate was little changed at 4.3 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Employment increased in food services and drinking places, professional and business services, and health care.

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July 2017 Manufacturing ISM Report On Business

Source: Institute for Supply Management

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in July, and the overall economy grew for the 98th consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM® Report On Business®.

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Inbound Logistics Names MIQ As Top 100 3PL Provider For 2017

Overland Park, KS, July 27, 2017 —For the sixth year, MIQ Logistics has been named a Top 100 3PL Provider by Inbound Logistics. “We are pleased that our company made the 2017 Top 100 3PL list,” says John Carr, President and Chief Operating Officer. “I am proud of our employees as they continue to show dedication to exceeding our customers’ expectations, and we appreciate the ongoing support of our customers around the world.”

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U.S. Economic Snapshot – June 2017

“The U.S. LEI rose sharply in June, pointing to continued growth in the U.S. economy and perhaps even a moderate improvement in GDP growth in the second half of the year,” said Ataman Ozyildirim, Director of Business Cycles and Growth Research at The Conference Board. “The broad-based gain in the U.S. LEI was led by a large contribution from housing permits, which improved after several months of weakness.”      The Conference Board

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LCL Ocean Consolidation From Houston to Latin America

Ocean Cargo Shipping

MIQ Logistics is now providing regular LCL ocean consolidation services from Houston to multiple locations in Latin America.

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Transpacific Eastbound General Rate Increase (GRI) and Peak Season Surcharge (PSS)

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 3rd quarter of 2017.

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Cass Freight Index Report – June 2017

Source: Cass Information Systems, Inc. 

Not only have both the Shipments and Expenditures Indexes have now been positive for six months in a row, but they are showing accelerating strength. Throughout the U.S. economy, there is a growing number of data points suggesting that the economy continues to get slightly better. Some data points are simply less bad, but an increasing number of them are better, and even a few are becoming outright strong.

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ATA Truck Tonnage Index Fell 4.3% In June

Source: American Trucking Associations

American Trucking Associations’ advanced seasonally adjusted (SA) For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index fell 4.3% in June, following a 6.9% gain during May. In June, the index equaled 138.5 (2000=100), down from 144.7 in May.

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Manufacturing And Trade Inventories And Sales, May 2017

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

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The combined value of distributive trade sales and manufacturers’ shipments for May, adjusted for seasonal and
trading-day differences but not for price changes, was estimated at $1,350.2 billion, down 0.2 percent (±0.2
percent)* from April 2017, but was up 5.1 percent (±0.4 percent) from May 2016.

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Imports Could Hit New Record As Busy Merchants Stock Up

Source: National Retail Federation

July and August should be two of the busiest months ever seen for imports at the nation’s major retail container ports, possibly setting a new record as merchants enter the back-to-school season and begin to stock up for the holiday season that will follow, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released today by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates.

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