World Economy News

World Economy News

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

Commentary

Accelerating freight growth is raising questions about capacity at North American ports, the truckload market and other troublesome bottlenecks.

News & Analysis

15 Oct 2014
Growth expectations for the Asian middle class are staggering, but so is the scale of supply chain upgrades that will be needed to meet demand.
06 Oct 2014
Growth rate figures from the World Trade Organization appear to be an underestimation of growth in container volumes, and as a result, SeaIntel Maritime Analysis still expects global container demand growth to be 4 percent to 6 percent in 2014, despite downward revisions to WTO forecasts.
Energy
29 Sep 2014
Shippers need to think about end-to-end power costs, not just fuel prices, when designing supply chains, speakers at the CSCMP meeting said. Those costs, they warn, could become more volatile.
16 Sep 2014
India’s merchandise exports in August rose 2.35 percent year-over-year to $26.95 billion, the lowest growth rate in five months.
06 Sep 2014
Chinese factories are still expanding production even though most orders for the holiday season in the U.S., Europe and elsewhere have already been shipped, suggesting global demand is building.
18 Aug 2014
Nine straight weeks of steady declines in pricing of low-sulfur bunker fuel have brought the price per metric ton down to the lowest levels in more than three years.
Worker assembling electronics component in China
03 Aug 2014
China’s factory output and total new orders in July rose to their highest levels since March last year, improving the operating conditions of mainland manufacturers and supporting carrier predictions of third quarter container volume increases in the seasonal build up to Christmas.
Myanmar pharmaceuticals, shutterstock photo
01 Aug 2014
Consumer spending on over-the-counter health care products in Myanmar is anticipated to grow from around $140 million in 2013 to $480 million by 2020, providing a huge and growing market for distributors and logistics providers.
The price of low-sulfur fuel per metric ton in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, a global indicator of bunker prices, has dropped $46.21 in six weeks.
29 Jul 2014
Spot prices for low-sulfur bunker fuel sank for the sixth straight week last week, a total drop of just over 7 percent.
17 Jul 2014
India’s merchandise exports rose for the third straight month in June on a year-over-year basis, expanding 10.22 percent to $26.48 billion...