International Trade News

International trade is the movement of goods from country to country, whether through bilateral or multinational free trade agreements. Measured through trade data supplied by numerous groups, including the U.S. Census Bureau’s Foreign Trade Division, international trade is accomplished through a variety of trade finance mechanisms, including letters of credit and loan guarantees through the U.S. Export-Import Bank and other global facilities.

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U.S. containerized imports, March 2013 to March 2014
14 Apr 2014
U.S. containerized import volume jumped 15.1 percent year-over-year in March 2014, the largest increase in 13 months, according to advance figures from PIERS, the data division of JOC Group Inc.
10 Apr 2014
The number of foreign trade containers handled by the Port of Osaka in western Japan rose to a new record high in 2013, according to preliminary figures from the Osaka municipal government.
09 Apr 2014
It has been several months since China’s first Pilot Free Trade Zone (Shanghai FTZ) launched in Shanghai, but the shipping and logistics industry is still waiting for more policies to be clarified.
09 Apr 2014
Despite growing concerns about tight supplies and rising prices, U.S. red meat exports performed well in February...
08 Apr 2014
A high-powered Singapore business delegation left for China’s Shandong Province today on a mission to boost exports to the country and attract investors.
08 Apr 2014
Australia has secured a significant competitive advantage in the lucrative Japanese beef market over its main rival, the United States.
07 Apr 2014
Signaling an end to the winter doldrums and the beginning of a busy spring in the U.S. container trades, Global Port Tracker is forecasting that imports in April will increase 6.1 percent over April 2013.
U.S. containerized exports through February 2014. Source: PIERS, the Data Division of JOC Group Inc.
07 Apr 2014
U.S. containerized exports tumbled 9.0 percent year-over-year in February to 923,493 TEUs, the lowest monthly volume in 32 months, according to preliminary figures from PIERS, the Data Division of JOC Group. This 9.0 percent drop was also the steepest year-over-year decline since August 2009.
07 Apr 2014
With container shipping barely out of the starting gate with liquid natural gas as a ship fuel, major ports around the world are anticipating a rapid ramp-up of LNG use in shipping and are angling to be prepared.
07 Apr 2014
Foreign investment in the five founding members of ASEAN, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, last year topped $128.4 billion, five times the 2001 level, Merrill Lynch economist Chua Hak Bin said in a report carried today by the South China Morning Post.
02 Apr 2014
NEWPORT, R.I. — Companies must “keep the pressure on” for congressional passage of pro-trade legislation, said Jonathan Gold, vice president, supply chain and customs policy, at the National Retail Federation.

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NEW DELHI, India—A yellow truck festooned with black tassels and hex symbols to ward off bad luck passed our van on the right as we jounced over the potholes that slowed us to a crawl on the road between Jaipur and Jodhpur. The truck was similar to many of the trucks I saw on a three-week road trip in the northern Indian states of Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh this winter, except for one thing: It was carrying a 20-foot container, the only box I spotted in hundreds of miles of tortuous driving. The blue box bore the familiar APL logo.

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