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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

file photo taken by K. Sweeney

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


DP World Inaugurates Jebel Ali Inspection Facility

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DP World informs it has inaugurated the largest and latest container inspection facility at its flagship Jebel Ali Port in Dubai. The new facility is one of the largest inspection facilities in the region, spanning over 7,000 square metres and providing 59 customs


Eugen Maersk 2013 Fire: Summary Findings

Eugen Maersk firefighting: Image courtesy of DMAIB

The Danish Maritime Accident Investigation Board (DMAIB) has issued a summary report in the English language concerning a fire outbreak aboard the container ship in the Gulf of Aden. On the morning of 18 June 2013, the crew on the Danish flagged container ship EUGEN MÆRSK discovered a


India's Reliance Q4 Sales Rise

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Indian energy company Reliance Industries Ltd posted nearly flat fourth-quarter profits, in line with estimates, as a slimmer margin in its oilrefining business offset higher revenue. Reliance, which operates the world's biggest refining complex in western India


SC Ports Report Record Pier Container Volumes

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Georgetown grows 10 percent fiscal year to date Today South Carolina Ports reported March pier container volumes were the highest since August 2008. Last month the Port handled 85,616 boxes, totaling 692,338 pier containers fiscal year to date.


Ben3D Introduces ContainerTug 600S

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Ben3D BV Naval Architecture introduce in collaboration with Oonincx Shipbuilding BV the innovative ContainerTug 600S. A strong, compact Dutch built workboat with a remarkable feature: it can be transported as a standard 20 foot container. The 1,200 kg bollard pull


US Retailers Urge Speedy W. Coast Labor Contract Negotiations

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The National Retail Federation (NRF) informs it has urged maritime management and the union representing dockworkers along the U.S. West Coast ports to expedite pending contract negotiations and reach agreement on a new deal well in advance of the expiration of the current contract this summer.


New Dry-Freight Box Prices on the Rise

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Prices for new dry freight containers increased in the opening months of 2014 for the first time in two years, observes Drewry's latest 'Container Leasing and Container Census'. Standard box prices declined gradually throughout 2013, falling by late in the year to their lowest point since 2009


Box Prices Rise for the First Time in 2 Years

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Drewry’s latest Container Equipment Insight, exclusive to subscribers of Drewry’s Container Leasing and Container Census reports, saw prices for new dry freight containers increase in the opening months of 2014 for the first time in two years.


GPA Reports Record Monthly Tonnage

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The Georgia Ports Authority achieved its highest month on record in March, moving 2.61 million tons of cargo – a 15.5 percent increase over the same month a year ago. The 349,682-ton increase was powered largely by double-digit container growth


US Retail Imports to Increase in April

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Import volume at the nation’s major retail container ports is expected to increase 6.1 percent in April, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released today by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates.  


Geodis Wilson Appoints New Global Director

Global freight management company Geodis Wilson has announced the appointment of Mark Ness as new Global Industry Director – FMCG (Fast Moving Consumer Goods). Mark’s appointment reflects the importance to Geodis Wilson managing growth in the highly volatile FMCG – Retail


Flinders Adelaide Orders Liebherr Container Cranes

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Liebherr Container Cranes has recently signed a contract for the supply of two ship to shore container cranes to Flinders Adelaide Container Terminal in South Australia. The container cranes were purchased as part of a 30-year strategic plan to boost service levels at the Port Adelaide Terminal


Port Metro Trucker Dispute Resolved Says Port CEO

Container truck: Photo CCL Dirk Ingo Franke

The following statement has been released by Robin Silvester, President & CEO, Port Metro Vancouver: "The governments of Canada and British Columbia and Port Metro Vancouver have reached agreement with members of Unifor and the United Truckers Association to end the 28-day trucker work


Crowley Maritime Wins Shell Alaska HSSE Award

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Crowley Maritime Corporation’s petroleum distribution group in Alaska says it has been recognized by Shell Oil Products US as the 2013 Health, Safety, Security & Environment (HSSE) wholesaler of the year. As Shell’s sole wholesale distributor in Alaska


Maersk Line Art-Box Arrives in Philadelphia

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Frozen mussels from New Zealand to Port of Philadelphia begins Art-Box’s journey around the world to promote value of global container shipping Maersk Line, an ocean transportation company and a unit of the Maersk Group, announced today the arrival of the Maersk Line Reefer Art-Box


 
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