Trade Data

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.


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

24 Nov 2014
West Africa trade still points to a region with growth potential, despite a nearly 30 percent drop in exports caused by the Ebola outbreak, Drewry and carrier executives say.
21 Nov 2014
Container throughput at Shanghai edged closer to the 30 million TEU mark in October, with the 3.02 million 20-foot containers handled in the month putting the port on course to blow last year’s 33.6 million box record out of the water by the close of business in December.
Japan, US flags
20 Nov 2014
Japan’s trade surplus with the United States expanded for the second consecutive month in October on a year-over-year basis despite a double-digit rise in imports, as exports also posted robust growth, according to preliminary trade figures released by the Japanese Finance Ministry.
17 Nov 2014
Hong Kong’s container volumes continued to fall, down 3.5 percent in October and the fourth straight month the transshipment hub has recorded declining throughput.
14 Nov 2014
Singapore handled 2.97 million 20-foot containers in October, continuing a healthy month-over-month increase that leaves the world’s second busiest container port on track to beat last year’s throughput.
12 Nov 2014
Tougher Chinese regulations on imported wastepaper shipments helped drive down U.S. containerized exports in September.
11 Nov 2014
Merchandise imports will slow down in November, but probably not soon enough to help West Coast ports dig out of the congestion problems that continue because of operational issues and work slowdowns by the International Longshore and Warehouse Union.
09 Nov 2014
China’s exports during October continued to show solid growth compared to the same month last year, but comparisons for November and December are set to be complicated by the chronic over-reporting of mainland exports to Hong Kong late last year to evade currency controls.
06 Nov 2014
Throughput at China’s major ports continued to show strong growth in October, rising 6.1 percent year-over-year in support of the robust U.S. economy and a steady increase in foreign trade.
People have their temperature taken at Canton Fair on Oct. 30.
05 Nov 2014
If China’s largest trade show, the Canton Fair, is a true barometer of how the mainland’s export performance will shape up in the next six months, the signs are not positive.