Trade Data

International commerce produces great quantities of trade data, compiled by both governmental and private organizations. This page contains stories dealing with aspects of trade data, both across borders and internally.

Commentary

JOC economist Mario O. Moreno updates his projections regarding U.S. containerized trade with South America.

News & Analysis

Containerized exports from the United States fell 0.7 percent year-over-year in May.
11 Jul 2014
Containerized exports from the United States slid in May, the third year-over-year decline in five months.
10 Jul 2014
With West Coast longshore contract negotiations still underway, U.S. retailers expect to bring in record levels of merchandise this month to protect against supply chain disruptions, pushing up container import projections for the first half of the year.
08 Jul 2014
After seven years of tough negotiations, Tokyo and Canberra signed a free trade agreement on July 8.
Shenzhen
08 Jul 2014
China’s slowly but steadily improving exports trade continues to push container traffic through the country’s top ports, with June throughput growing 7.8 percent year-over-year and fueling optimism that the foreign trade recovery will extend into the second half of the year.
04 Jul 2014
A decade after its signing, and five years after full implementation, the Central America Free Trade Agreement may not have transformed Central America into the powerhouse of textile and apparel trade forecast by some optimists, but it has facilitated significant growth in that sector of the region’s economy, along with diversification into other sectors.
Cotton harvesting in Texas. Source: USDA, ARS. Photo by David Nance.
03 Jul 2014
The widening of the Panama Canal could eventually lead to a 90 percent increase in cotton exports for U.S. South Atlantic and Gulf Coast ports, and a 66 percent reduction in cotton exports through West Coast ports.
02 Jul 2014
A major Tokyo-based research firm has painted a grim picture of Japanese container trade in the current fiscal year that started on April 1, citing weaker exports and imports than previously thought.
U.S.-Mexico cross-border trade by truck
27 Jun 2014
While trucking companies have been complaining about a major imbalance between the U.S. and Mexico for months, data from the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics suggest just how big the imbalance might be.
26 Jun 2014
The growth of U.S. exports of containerized distillers dried grains to China has fallen in the last five months.
Japan’s imports and exports both fell in value terms for the first time in more than a year.
19 Jun 2014
Japan’s exports to the United States fell for the first time in 17 months in May on a year-on-year basis.