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Hanjin Update – Oct 2016

Hanjin Shipping, the world’s seventh-largest container shipper, filed for Bankruptcy protection on August 31.  On September 6, 2016, the Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Jersey issued a blanket stay of collection or enforcement efforts against Hanjin or its assets in the U.S. Three days later, the Court established a protocol for cargo interests to claim their cargo from Hanjin or third parties such as terminal agents, warehousemen or others. Unfortunately, the protocol did not address all of the issues.

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Transportation Market Update

  • “Volatility continues to reign in 2016. This month’s tonnage reading highlights this fact and underscores the difficulty in determining any real or clear trend in truck tonnage,” said ATA Chief Economist Bob Costello. “What is clear to me is that normal seasonal patterns are not holding in 2016.”

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U.S. Economic Snapshot

“While the U.S. LEI declined in August, its trend still points to moderate economic growth in the months ahead,” said Ataman Ozyildirim, Director of Business Cycles and Growth Research at The Conference Board. “Although strengths and weaknesses among the leading indicators are roughly balanced, positive contributions from the financial indicators were more than offset by weakening of nonfinancial indicators, such as leading indicators of labor markets, suggesting some risks to growth persist.” The Conference Board

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October Imports Spike As Retailers Stock Up For Holidays

National Retail Federation

October is expected to be the second-busiest month of the year for the nation’s major retail container ports as merchants stock up for the holiday shopping season, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released today by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates.

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U.S. Unemployment Situation – September 2016

Bureau of Labor Statistics

Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 156,000 in September, and the unemployment rate was little changed at 5.0 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Employment gains occurred in professional and business services and in health care.

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MIQ Supply Chain Alert

Latest Update on Hurricane Matthew

The National Hurricane Center issued Advisory #34A concerning Hurricane Matthew, which as of 4:00 p.m. e.t. is less than 115 miles east-southeast of West Palm Beach, FL. The public advisory states that currently Hurricane Matthew is a category 4 on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale, with sustained winds of 140 mph. The advisory speaks to the current Hurricane Watch which is in effect from Edisto Beach, FL to South Santee River, SC.

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Hurricane Matthew Impacting South Florida

Hurricane Matthew is targeted to land in South Florida over the next 48 hours. This is expected to create significant flood threat, high winds and heavy downpours.

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MIQ Selected For Award By Missouri Association Of Manufacturers

Overland Park, KS, October 5, 2016 — MIQ Logistics is excited to announce being selected by the Missouri Association of Manufacturers for the “ONE SOURCE Member Benefit” award.

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September 2016 Manufacturing ISM Report on Business

Institute for Supply Management

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in September following one month of contraction in August, and the overall economy grew for the 88th consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM® Report On Business®.

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ATA Truck Tonnage Index Jumped 5.7% in August

American Trucking Associations

American Trucking Associations’ advanced seasonally adjusted (SA) For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index increased 5.7% in August, following a 2.1% decline during July. In August, the index equaled 141.8 (2000=100), up from 134.2 in July. The all-time high was 144 in February.

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