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

With economic conditions in the U.S. continuing to improve, the outlook for U.S. imports via ocean container from northern Europe remains highly favorable.

News & Analysis

28 Mar 2016
Brazil meat exporters had a week of both good and bad news as they seek new markets in Latin America to capitalize on the depreciation of the local currency, the real, which has recently buoyed the country’s beef exports.
16 Mar 2016
Exports of Brazilian beef jumped by more than a quarter in February year-over-year, which bodes well for the country’s exporters who have already been forecasting a bumper year ahead because of the weak national currency and the lifting of export bans.
08 Mar 2016
Containerized imports at U.S. ports are likely to plunge more than 20 percent in March after increasing 21.4 percent in January and 17.1 percent in February from the same months last year, according to Global Port Tracker.
08 Mar 2016
China has just given clearance to 17 more Brazilian slaughterhouses to export pork, beef and chicken to the Asian country, which would increase meat exports to China by roughly a third as overall trade between China and Brazil is stuck in reverse gear.
23 Feb 2016
Driven by firm shipments of auto parts and aircraft, the Port of Nagoya in 2015 retained its status as the biggest export hub by value among Japan’s airports and seaports for the fourth straight year.
19 Feb 2016
Brazilian chicken exporters are making the most of a cheap and devalued currency to boost worldwide sales by attending a number of food and beverage expositions with a view to increasing exports by more than 10 percent by the end of this year, according to industry association ABPA.
15 Feb 2016
Depressingly weak trade data greeted China as the country slowly gets back to business after the lunar New Year holidays.
09 Feb 2016
Containerized imports at U.S. ports are projected to increase by double digits in January and February compared to the same months last year, when dozens of vessels were stranded outside of West Coast ports due to labor problems.
03 Feb 2016
Although overall export revenues for Brazilian shoes fell 10 percent last year, to $960.4 million, sales during the last month of December ended on a high and rocketed 60 percent from November, to $119.57 million, raising the sector’s expectations for this year, according to Heitor Klein, the chief executive of Abicalçados, the Brazilian Association of Footwear Manufacturers.
27 Jan 2016
The volume of cargo handled by the container trade around the globe this year will increase by a relatively “decent” 4 to 5 percent, but this growth will not be nearly enough to make a dent in the enormous glut of vessel capacity that will continue to erode freight rates.