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Strong Growth in Merchandise Imports to Resume in Fall

Import volume at the nation’s major retail container ports is expected to increase a modest 1.1% in July over the same month last year but a slow summer should be followed by significant increases as retailers head into the holiday season this fall, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released today by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates. “With the economy recovering slowly, retailers have been cautious with imports this summer but it’s clear that they expect an upturn later in the year,” NRF Vice President for Supply Chain and Customs Policy Jonathan Gold said. “Import numbers have been close to flat since spring, but we expect to see stronger increases this fall.” Cargo import numbers do not correlate directly with retail sales or employment because they count only the number of cargo containers brought into the country, not the value of the merchandise inside them. But the amount of merchandise imported nonetheless provides a rough barometer of retailers’ expectations. U.S. ports followed by Global Port Tracker handled 1.38 million Twenty-foot Equivalent Units in May, the latest month for which after-the-fact numbers are available. That was up 1.2% from April but only 0.6% from May 2012. One TEU is one 20-foot cargo container or its equivalent.


Retailers Stocking Up Ahead of Holiday Season

Import volume at the nation’s major retail container ports is expected to grow 5.1% in September over the same month last year as retailers head into the holiday season, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates. “Retailers are making up for the slow imports seen earlier in the year,” NRF Vice President for Supply Chain and Customs Policy Jonathan Gold said


Retail Imports to Increase 2.3 Percent in March

 Import cargo volume at the nation’s major retail container ports is expected to increase 2.3 percent in March over the same month last year despite federal spending cuts that could slow down cargo processing, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released today by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates. “Retailers are aware of the impact of the cuts on Customs operations at the ports and are working to plan accordingly so the impact on


U.S. Retail Imports Expected to Rise

Import volume at the nation’s major retail container ports is expected to grow 1.8% in December over the same month last year, and the year should end with an increase of 2.3% over 2012, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released today by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates. “Imports have seen good growth over last year and retailers are well-stocked as the holiday season continues


Retailers Remain Cautious on Merchandise Imports

Import volume at the nation’s major retail container ports is expected to increase 1.1% in June over the same month last year, reflecting modest growth expectations as retailers head toward the back-to-school and holiday seasons, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released today by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates. “With the economic recovery moving slowly, retailers are being cautious this summer and could hold off on stocking up for the


NRF: Imports Rising as Strike Looms

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Retail Imports to Increase 2.3 Percent in January as Port Strike Threat Continues.   Import cargo volume at the nation’s major retail container ports is expected to increase 2.3 percent in January over the same month last year as retailers continue to urge labor and management to avoid a strike at East Coast and Gulf Coast docks, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released today by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates.  


Retail Container Traffic to be Up Six Percent

 Import cargo volume at the nation’s major retail container ports is expected to be up 11 percent in February over the same month last year and the first half of 2011 should be up six percent over the same period in 2010, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released today by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates.   “Strong growth in 2010 has retailers cautiously optimistic that the economic recovery is finally taking hold


Retail Imports to Rise in March

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Import volume at the nation’s major retail container ports is expected to increase 12.4 percent in March as retailers begin to stock up for the spring and the summer season, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released today by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates. “Retailers are bouncing back from the annual post-holiday slowdown and getting ready for the surge in activity that comes each year as the weather warms up


Pep Boys Selects NRS for Transload Operation in Savannah

National Retail Systems, Inc. (NRS), a provider of logistics services to U.S. retailers, pharmaceutical companies and consumer goods manufacturers, announced it has been selected by Pep Boys, an automotive aftermarket service and retail chain, to provide an import container transload solution at the Port of Savannah. NRS will dray Pep Boys container imports from the Port of Savannah to the company’s crossdock facility in Pooler four miles from the port


NRF Urges President to Intervene in Port Negotiations

NRF: East and Gulf Coast Strike Would Have Devastating Implications for the Retail Industry. The National Retail Federation today sent a letter to President Obama to express the retail industry’s growing concern if a contract agreement isn’t reached between the International Longshoremen’s Association and the United States Maritime Alliance, Ltd. The two sides have been in negotiations, with the assistance of federal mediators


Vacant Pier to Help Ease Long Beach Congestion

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Pier S temporary depot to relocate empty containers for next five months    The Port of Long Beach expects a “Temporary Empty Container Depot” planned for a vacant pier on Terminal Island to be open and operating in December


Vacant Pier at Long Beach Port to Ease Congestion

Vacant Pier at Long Beach port

  The Port of Long Beach expects a “Temporary Empty Container Depot” planned for a vacant pier on Terminal Island to be open and operating in December, which will help to alleviate congestion at the docks. The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners approved the use of 30


US Port Congestion Hides Deeper Issues

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Ports on the U.S. West Coast are currently suffering from chronic congestion, but are there deeper issues affecting their performance?   Drewry’s new report Container Terminal Capacity and Performance Benchmarks compares capacity and performance benchmarks for 500 terminals worldwide


Hamburg Cargo Volumes at Record High

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Seaborne cargo throughput of 110 million tons in the first nine months sets new record for Port of Hamburg    With total throughput of around 110 million tons, the Port of Hamburg set a new record in the first nine months of 2014


Sea Star Line: Equipment Replacement Plan on Track

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Company Receives New Refrigerated Containers and Places Order for New Genset Equipment   Sea Star Line, LLC began receiving the first of its new 100 40’ and 45’ refrigerated containers ordered as part of its equipment replacement plan announced in August 2014


US Sets Import Duties on Containers from China

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The U.S. Commerce Department on Thursday set duties on imports of rail and road transport containers from China after finding the goods were sold below cost in the United States. Under the department's preliminary decision, 53-foot domestic dry containers will face anti-dumping duties of up to


Ocean Signal Debuts RescueME EPIRB1

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The rescueME EPIRB1 has been developed by Ocean Signal. Featuring a 30% reduction in size compared to other EPIRBs, a 10-year battery life and a retail price that makes it one of the most affordable Class 2 GPS EPIRBs in the market, the rescueME EPIRB1 provides the boat’s essential link to


CEVA is SuperGroup's Freight Manager

SuperGroup is a distinctive branded UK fashion retailer

  CEVA Logistics, one of the world’s leading supply chain management companies, has been awarded a long term contract to provide freight management services to SuperGroup, owner of famous fashion brands including SuperDry. The contract award followed a competitive tendering process


Containers Overboard in Oakland Estuary

Containers Adrift in Oakland Estuary Containers fell into the water from motor vessel NYK Aquarius while offloading cargo at SSA Facility Berth 57 in the Oakland estuary, causing the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) and local fire department personnel to enforce a safety zone in the area.


Port of Long Beach Working to Relieve Congestion

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Port of Long Beach board OKs extra storage to relieve congestion; port moves to provide equipment to move cargo faster Acting to relieve cargo delivery delays, the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners on Thursday approved the use of Port of Long Beach property as a temporary site for the


Paterson Elected to Tidewater Board of Directors

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Tidewater Inc. announced the election of Richard D. Paterson to its board of directors for a term beginning November 13, 2014 and expiring in July 2015. Richard D. Paterson is a certified public accountant who retired from Price Waterhouse Coopers LLP (PwC), an international network of auditors


Kalmar SmartStack goes live

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Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has implemented the Kalmar SmartStack solution at Durban Container Terminal (DCT) in South Africa for real-time container inventory reporting and management. This is the first terminal to implement Kalmar SmartStack using the narrowband communication network involving


Retailers Head North of England

Metro Shipping has transferred several high-profile retail customers from Felixstowe and Southampton to Liverpool to realise the benefit of reduced inland haulage costs

  A shortage of inland transport capacity and increased waiting times for lorries at ports in the south of England have brought an uplift in the volume of containers to the Port of Liverpool. Over the last 12 months Metro Shipping has transferred several high-profile retail customers from


Asia-Europe Box Rates Drop Almost 21 pct

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Shipping freight rates for transporting containers from ports in Asia to Northern Europe fell 20.5 percent to $934 per 20-foot container (TEU) in the week ended on Friday, a source with access to data from the Shanghai Containerized Freight Index told Reuters.


Blame Game Ensues Over Port Delays

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Shipping lines, union blame each other for West Coast port backups Tension over prolonged labor talks between maritime shippers and the union representing 20,000 West Coast dockworkers has erupted in public as the two sides blamed each other for escalating cargo congestion at the two busiest U.S






 
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