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Panjiva data shows a slight gain in U.S.-bound shipments

The number of global manufacturers shipping to the United States continued in June with a 1% gain.
By Jeff Berman, Group News Editor
July 23, 2010

The number of global manufacturers shipping to the United States continued in June with a 1% gain, according to data from Panjiva, an online search engine with detailed information on global suppliers and manufacturers.

June’s 1% gain follows a 9% jump from April to May and matching 3% gains for the previous two months. On an annual basis, June was 15% better than June 2009. Panjiva officials said the total number of global manufacturers shipping to the U.S. in June was 150,258, compared to 130,950 a year ago.

Panjiva also reported that there was a 1% increase in the number of U.S. companies receiving waterborne shipments from global manufacturers and a 2% increase from May to June. This matches up with a 2% month-to-month decrease for the same period last year and a 5% gain in 2008.

In an interview with Modern, Green pointed out how recent data from the Department of Commerce noted how May imports were higher than expected at $194.51 billion, although there was not a subsequent bump in June based on Panjiva’s data; instead, there was a leveling off.

“Global trade activity according to our data is essentially right where it was two years ago just before the Great Recession,” said Green. “We have not experienced a bounce-back from the depths of 2009 back to pre-recession levels, and the question of where do we go from here is an open one.”

Green cited a recent conversation he had with a global manufacturing executive whom said we might be experiencing a ‘square root recovery,’ which is comprised of a significant drop, and a significant bounce-back followed by a level economy for some time.

Another factor impacting global trade growth centers on inventory build-up for global manufacturers shipping to the U.S. In recent weeks, it appears that the inventory build-up that occurred over the first half of the year has somewhat subsided.

And in the coming months, Green said it is reasonable to expect a run up in global trade activity leading up to the holiday season. “My expectation, though, is that will be relatively modest growth, because retailers do not want to be caught with too much inventory,” said Green.

About the Author

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Jeff Berman
Group News Editor

Jeff Berman is Group News Editor for Logistics Management, Modern Materials Handling, and Supply Chain Management Review. Jeff joined the Supply Chain Group in 2005 and leads online and print news operations for these publications. In 2009, Jeff led Logistics Management to the Silver Medal of Folio’s Eddie Awards in the Best B2B Transportation/Travel Website category. Jeff works and lives in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, where he covers all aspects of the supply chain, logistics, freight transportation, and materials handling sectors on a daily basis. If you want to contact Jeff with a news tip or idea,
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