The turbulence sweeping global stock markets during the past few weeks is a belated recognition of what people involved in supply chains, including container shipping, have known for a while: Apart from a few bright spots such as U.S. imports, growth globally is slowing, in large part because of the slowdown in China, and with it has come growing overcapacity and heavier rate pressure in global container markets.
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19 Jan 2016
India’s merchandise exports fell for the 13th month in a row in December, the longest streak of declines on record, but at a slower pace than the previous four months, according to preliminary foreign trade figures published by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
13 Jan 2016
China’s transport infrastructure and trade-focused regional development plans, together with an increasing number of trade liberalization agreements, will support Asia Pacific in remaining the fastest growing and most dynamic region in the world economy in 2016.
06 Jan 2016
If an uncertain global economy wasn’t enough for shippers and transportation providers, 2016 will be filled with major changes, from the massive container shipping weight mandate to liner consolidation. Other threats and opportunities will likely emerge during the year, but the 10 trends outlined here will definitely be in play and impact global supply chains. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.
16 Dec 2015
A lack of global demand continues to drag down India’s export performance and the passage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership could further impact the country’s exports.
02 Dec 2015
Despite signs that South Africa’s economy will enter a slowdown next year, container volume through Africa’s second-largest economy is forecast to rise in the mid-single digits.
16 Oct 2015
The benefits of the recently agreed Trans-Pacific Partnership on Asia-U.S. trade will not be felt immediately, but the 11-nation deal will have an impact on volumes in the longer term, according to JOC senior economist Mario Moreno.
17 Sep 2015
Household spending in the U.S. and European Union will revive flagging container shipping demand in the second half, a chief shipping analyst at BIMCO said.
02 Sep 2015
While economists debate the growth and prospects of the BRIC nations of Brazil, Russia, India, and China, their global container trade volumes reflect many of the difficulties that have been the focus of headlines around the world.
29 Aug 2015
China’s devaluation of the yuan may not kick off a currency war around the world, but it’s already triggered similar moves in Asia, and that’s potentially great news for U.S. retailers, the dominant importers of U.S. containerized products such as apparel, footwear and furniture.
17 Aug 2015
India’s merchandise exports slumped for the eighth month in a row in July, but at a slower rate of decline despite well-publicized troubles at the country's largest container facility, according to new provisional trade figures released by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.