Container Imports Up Sharply in September

Monday, September 10, 2012

Retail Container Imports to Increase 8.5 Percent in September; Strong Holiday Numbers Expected Despite Threat of Port Strike.

 

Import cargo volume at the nation’s major retail container ports is expected to increase 8.5 percent in September compared with the same month last year, and strong increases are expected into the holiday season despite talk of a possible strike at East Coast and Gulf Coast ports, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released today by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates.

 

“Retailers are bringing in more merchandise for the holiday season this year. The question at some ports is whether longshoremen will be on the docks to unload it,” NRF Vice President for Supply Chain and Customs Policy Jonathan Gold said. “Regardless of what happens with contract talks, retailers have contingency plans in place to ensure that merchandise reaches store shelves in time and that there is no disruption for shoppers.”

 

Talks between the International Longshoremen’s Association and United States Maritime Alliance broke down in August, and at least one major ILA local has authorized a strike if a new contract for East Coast and Gulf Coast ports isn’t agreed on by the time the current pact expires September 30. Labor and management have agreed to meet again next week under the supervision of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service. Retailers are considering a variety of contingency plans, including diverting cargo to West Coast ports, which are represented by a separate union and not affected.

 

U.S. ports followed by Global Port Tracker handled 1.41 million Twenty-foot Equivalent Units in July, the latest month for which after-the-fact numbers are available. That was up 2.2 percent from June and 2.5 percent from July 2011. One TEU is one 20-foot cargo container or its equivalent.

 

August was estimated at 1.43 million TEU, up 4.4 percent from last year. September is forecast at 1.49 million TEU, up 8.5 percent; October at 1.48 million TEU, up 11.7 percent; November at 1.32 million TEU, up 1.9 percent; and December at 1.25 million TEU, up 2.7 percent. January 2013 is forecast at 1.23 million TEU, down 3.8 percent from January 2012.

 

The first half of 2012 totaled 7.7 million TEU, up 3 percent from the same period last year. For the full year, 2012 is expected to total 16 million TEU, up 4.2 percent from 2011.

 

All the numbers above reflect this month’s addition of Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to the list of harbors covered by Global Port Tracker, with 2011 numbers adjusted to provide accurate comparisons.

 

Hackett Associates Founder Ben Hackett said shipping patterns are being affected by the possibility of a strike.

 

“Importers anticipating a strike placed orders early to ensure that their goods would arrive in time, and are most likely also switching deliveries for the East Coast to the West Coast instead,” Hackett said. “As a consequence, August appears to have been a relatively good month, and September will also be above the norm. The West Coast will benefit at least through October as cargo is diverted.”

Maritime Reporter June 2014 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Ports

Panama Canal to Celebrate 100 Years

To commemorate its centennial, the Panama Canal will host a series of events August 14-15 in Panama City to highlight the impact of the waterway during the past century.

AIS Data for Emissions Reduction

With emissions reduction firmly on the industry’s agenda, studies show that carrying out ship emission calculations, based on AIS data, can offer significant benefits.

Maritime Reporter @ 75: The Daily Cartoon

Maritime Reporter & Engineering News was founded by John J. O'Malley (1905-1980) in 1939, and today ranks as the world's largest audited trade publication in the world serving the maritime industry,

Finance

Trading Dutch Well Placed to Pursue Russia Sanctions

The seafaring Netherlands prides itself on being a trading nation, reluctant to let politics get in the way of a good deal. But since the downing, allegedly

Navios Announces VLCC Delivery

Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation, an owner and operator of tanker vessels, has announced that the Nave Electron, a 2002-built VLCC of 305,178 dwt, was delivered

Scorpio Tankers: Latest Financial & Ship Delivery News

Scorpio Tankers Inc. says it has updated its stock buyback program; lists its latest new vessel deliveries, and gives the release date of its second quarter 2014 earnings report.

Container Ships

Global Ocean Trade: Latest Shipbuilding Orders

No tankship orders noted the past week by Clarkson Hellas in their latest S&P Weekly Bulletin, but no lack of orders in the dry bulk carrier market, all from Far East shipbuilders.

Box Ships Inc. Repays Commerzbank Loan

Greece-based Box Ships Inc. says it has repayed in full the outstanding amount under its loan agreement with Commerzbank AG dated July 29, 2011.  The outstanding amount of the loan,

New ICTF Boosts Crowley’s Efficiency

The opening of Florida East Coast Railway’s (FEC) new, state-of-the-art intermodal container transfer facility (ICTF) adjacent to Crowley Maritime Corporation’s Port Everglades, Fla.

 
 
Maritime Contracts Maritime Security Maritime Standards Offshore Oil Pipelines Port Authority Ship Repair Ship Simulators Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction Sonar
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | terms and conditions | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.1213 sec (8 req/sec)