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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. “It’s too early to predict holiday sales, but merchants are clearly stocking up.” 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 1.43 million 20-Foot Equivalent Units in July, the latest month for which after-the-fact numbers are available. That was a 5.4% increase over June and up 1.1% from July 2012, and follows year-over-year declines in three of the four previous months. One TEU is one 20-foot cargo container or its equivalent. August was estimated at 1.48 million TEU, up 4.1% from last year. September is forecast at 1.48 million TEU, up 5.1%; October at 1.46 million TEU, up 9%; November at 1.31 million TEU, up 2.2%; and December at 1.3 million TEU, up 0.7%


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


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


Container Manufacturer Reports Profit Plunge

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World-leading container manufacturer and logistics services provider Singamas Container Holdings Limited (Singamas) has  announced its unaudited interim results for the six months ended 30 June 2014. Net profit were down almost 52 per cent to US$13


Asia–U.S. Container Lines to Introduce Freight Increase

TSA Containership: Photo Evergreen Line

The Transpacific Stabilization Agreement (TSA) informs that member container shipping lines are proposing an across-the board general rate increase (GRI) of at least US$600 per 40-foot container (FEU) to all destinations, effective September 1


First Container Ship Call at Duke Point Terminal, Nanaimo

MV Westwood Pacific loading: Photo NPA

The arrival of the 'M/V Westwood Pacific' at the Nanaimo Port Authority’s Duke Point terminal marks the first such berthing at the Port’s facilities and will provide a direct link to Asia. Westwood Shipping Lines operate a dedicated break bulk and container service to Asia and have


Man Arrested over Death of Stowaway in Shipping Container

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A man was arrested in Northern Ireland on Tuesday on suspicion of murder after the death of an Afghan Sikh who was among 35 suspected stowaways found in a shipping container at a dock in England three days ago, police said. Police said the 34-year-old man was arrested just after midday on a


Transpacific Container Shippers Aim for Rate Rise

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A container shipping organisation urged companies on Monday to raise Asia-U.S. freight rates by at least $600 per 40-foot container (FEU), corresponding to an increase of 14.2 percent from current levels, from Sept. 1. TSA (Transpacific Stabilization Agreement) said the planned increase follows


Port of Hamburg Continues Cargo Records, Adds Jobs

Photo courtesy of Port of Hamburg

The Port of Hamburg continues record performance handling a total of 72.6 million tons (+ 6.6 percent) in the first six months of 2014. Hamburg’s universal port with 50.7 million tons of predominantly container handling achieves a result of 4


Drewry: Global Number of Container Ships Peaks

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The number of container ships transporting goods around the world has fallen in the first half of 2014 but the total capacity of the global fleet continues to increase, consulting firm Drewry Maritime Research said in a note on Monday. Drewry Maritime Research foresees a fall in the number of


HHLA's Revenue & Earnings Rise

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  *Container throughput in Hamburg up by 2.1 % *Container transport grows by 9.0 % *Improvements in revenue and operating result *HHLA confirms forecast In the first half of 2014, Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) increased its revenue by 5.2 percent to € 595


Asia-Europe Container Rates Fall Almost 11 pct

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Shipping freight rates for transporting containers from ports in Asia to Northern Europe fell by 10.7 percent to $1,198 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.


Savannah Achieves Container Cargo High

Photo courtesy of GPA

GPA records 19.2 percent jump in containers. The Georgia Ports Authority reached an all-time high in container trade in July, moving 293,889 twenty-foot equivalent container units, a 19.2 percent increase over the previous year.  “Improved confidence among U.S


FPA Customs Brokers Acquired by Livingstone International

Toronto-headquartered Livingston International says it has acquired New York-based FPA Customs Brokers, Inc. “We look forward to welcoming the FPA team and their clients into the Livingston family,” said Livingston CEO Steven C. Preston.


CMMI, SPNM & ICS Focus on Container Weights

the Company of Master Mariners of India, the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers and Shipping Professionals Network-Mumbai teamed up to focus on the recent International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) initiative on container

  Three major maritime organizations, the Company of Master Mariners of India, the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers and Shipping Professionals Network-Mumbai teamed up to focus on the recent International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) initiative on container weight verification


Aker Solutions to Lease 31,100 sq.m Aberdeen Office

David Currie: Photo Aker Solutions

"This move is a long-term investment for us and underlines our commitment to Aberdeen and our customers in the area," said David Currie, Aker Solutions' regional head in the UK. "The new offices will provide high-quality facilities and enable us to bring the majority of our


U.S. Container Ports Anticipate Pinnacle Import Volume

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Import volume at U.S. container ports is expected to hit a record high this August.   The anticipation results from the absence of a West Coast longshoremen’s contract. Concerned retailers, therefore, are swiftly bringing holiday season merchandise into the country


Port of Rotterdam Takes Steps to Stop Delays

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  The Port of Rotterdam is taking measures to eliminate congestion at the ECT Delta Terminal and the Euromax Terminal. Inland waterway vessels and feeder vessels have been experiencing delays at these terminals for some time. Improvements implemented at these terminals have not had the






 
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