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The latest news in global trade, including trade deficits, production and orders indexes, exports, manufacturing and more.


NEW DELHI, India—A yellow truck festooned with black tassels and hex symbols to ward off bad luck passed our van on the right as we jounced over the potholes that slowed us to a crawl on the road between Jaipur and Jodhpur. The truck was similar to many of the trucks I saw on a three-week road trip in the northern Indian states of Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh this winter, except for one thing: It was carrying a 20-foot container, the only box I spotted in hundreds of miles of tortuous driving. The blue box bore the familiar APL logo.

News & Analysis

19 Mar 2014
Japan’s trade surplus with the U.S. narrowed for the first time in 14 months in February on a year-over-year basis, as imports grew at a much faster pace than exports...
13 Mar 2014
India’s exports shrank for the first time in eight months in February on a year-over-year basis...
19 Feb 2014
Japan’s economic growth slowed further in the October-December quarter as exports, a key driver of expansion, remained weak, according to a preliminary report released by the Cabinet Office on Feb. 17.
03 Feb 2014
South Korea’s economy is expected for perform better this year as export demand picks up.
Containers in a terminal
03 Feb 2014
Improved economic stability in key markets appears certain to benefit major exporting economies in Asia, as well as ocean carriers, rail operators and airlines that ship their goods.
29 Jan 2014
Japanese export volumes could finally surge this year after a disappointing 2013 as manufacturers start to reflect the de
Shanghai container terminal
21 Jan 2014
Growth in demand from the Asia-Pacific will be critical to the fortunes of the logistics industry in 2014, according to the Agility Emerging Markets Logistics Index 2014.
10 Jan 2014
The global beverage trade will be a key contributor to shipping demand growth over the next five years, according to a new report.
30 Dec 2013
Political protests in Bangladesh are causing lengthy delays for inbound and outbound shipments via Chittagong, the country’s busiest gateway hub port, according to reports from Dhaka.
16 Dec 2013
After rising in the double digits year-over-year for four consecutive months, India’s merchandise exports expanded by a modest 5.86 percent in November, but a steep decline in imports helped significantly narrow the country’s overall trade imbalance with the rest of the world.