Port Tracker

By Jeff Berman · October 10, 2017
For August, the most recent month in which data is available, United States-based retail container ports covered in the report handled 1.8 million TEU (Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units). This now stands as the highest-volume import month recorded since the NRF started tracking imports in 2000 and tops the previous record set one month earlier in July of 1.78 million TEU.
By Jeff Berman · September 8, 2017
Records are made to be broken for many different things, and in the case of United States-bound retail container volumes, records are being set in recent months, according to the most recent edition of the Port Tracker report issued this week by the National Retail Federation (NRF) and maritime consultancy Hackett Associates.
By Jeff Berman · July 10, 2017
June was projected to come in at 1.66 million TEU for a 5.3% annual increase, and July was pegged at 1.71 million TEU for a 5.1% increase, with August expected to be up 2.2% annually at 1.75 million TEU. September and October are slotted for 1.66 million TEU and1.71 million TEU for an increase of 4.3% and 2.2%, respectively.
By Jeff Berman · June 12, 2017
Even with a somewhat reduced growth forecast, the most recent edition of the Port Tracker report from the National Retail Federation (NRF) and maritime consultancy Hackett Associates stated that United States-bound retail container volumes call for an all-time volume high by the end of this summer.
By Jeff Berman · May 9, 2017
Keeping in line with last month, the May edition of the Port Tracker report from the National Retail Federation (NRF) and maritime consultancy Hackett Associates is calling for steady gains for United States-bound retail container traffic in the coming months.
SPECIAL REPORT
By Patrick Burnson · May 2, 2017
The advent of new carrier alliances and “big ship readiness” will determine which of the top ports gain share and supply chain advantages. Meanwhile, logistics managers must hedge their bets to mitigate risk and avoid reliance on a handful of key gateways.
By Jeff Berman · April 13, 2017
As was the case in its previous edition, growth prospects for United States-bound retail container imports in the coming months, buoyed by signs of economic improvement, appear to remain firmly in place, according to the most recent edition of the Port Tracker report issued earlier this week by the National Retail Federation (NRF) and maritime consultancy Hackett Associates.
By Jeff Berman · February 9, 2017
While United States-bound retail container volumes trended down in December, the over all outlook for 2017 volumes appears to be solid, according to the most recent edition of the Port Tracker report issued by the National Retail Federation (NRF) and maritime consultancy Hackett Associates.
By Jeff Berman · January 10, 2017
An atypical late in the year holiday season bump was evident, based on data issued this week in the most recent edition of the Port Tracker report issued by the National Retail Federation (NRF) and maritime consultancy Hackett Associates.
By Jeff Berman · December 9, 2016
November volume was estimated at 1.53 million TEU for a 3.6 percent annual increase, with December pegged at 1.48 million TEU for a 3.2 percent increase. And for all of 2016, the report is calling for volume to be up 1.6 percent annually at 18.6 million TEU compared to 2015’s 18.2 million TEU, which was up 5.4 percent over 2014. The first half of 2016 saw a 1.6 percent annual increase at 9 million TEU. The 1.6 percent estimate is lower than last month’s 2.2 percent prediction.
By Jeff Berman · November 9, 2016
Gains in United States-bound retail imports are expected with the holiday shopping season now officially underway, according to the most recent edition of the Port Tracker report issued this week by the National Retail Federation (NRF) and maritime consultancy Hackett Associates.
By Jeff Berman · October 10, 2016
As the calendar continues to move along, numbers for United States-bound retail imports are expected to be typical seasonal gains, according to the most recent edition of the Port Tracker report issued late last week by the National Retail Federation (NRF) and maritime consultancy Hackett Associates.
By Jeff Berman · September 12, 2016
In light of the recent bankruptcy filing by Hanjin Shipping, United States-bound retail imports are expected to be at near-peak levels in September, according to the most recent edition of the Port Tracker report issued late last week by the National Retail Federation (NRF) and maritime consultancy Hackett Associates.
By Jeff Berman · August 9, 2016
Despite the presence of still-high inventory levels, typical seasonal patterns appear to be intact for United States-bound retail imports, according to the most recent edition of the issued today by the National Retail Federation (NRF) and maritime consultancy Hackett Associates.
By Jeff Berman · July 12, 2016
While school has not been out of session for all that long, it is not too early to start thinking about later this summers and early fall, when things start back up. That was the main message, especially from an import perspective, in the most recent edition of the Port Tracker report issued by the National Retail Federation (NRF) and maritime consultancy Hackett Associates.

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