International Trade News

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Containerized footwear imports into the United States plummeted in the first half of 2014, although the industry is optimistic sales will pick up in the second half of the year.

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Japan’s exports to the United States rose for the first time in three months in July on a year-on-year basis despite a sharp decline in auto shipments, according to preliminary trade figures released by Japan’s Finance Ministry.

India’s trade deficit in July rose to its highest level in a year as export growth weakened slightly after rising in the double digits for two consecutive months.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaking after laying the foundation stones of the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust Special Economic Zone and Port Connectivity Road on Aug. 16, 2014.
Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (Nhava Sheva) broke ground Aug. 16 on its long-awaited special economic zone project, a port-based multi-product export processing center that is expected to help India’s largest container gateway boost its export volumes.

Weekly wrap-up for Aug. 16, 2014
Diversions related to the ongoing negotiations on the U.S. West Coast between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association continue to have an impact elsewhere.

U.S. waterborne containerized imports of auto parts were up 7.9 percent in the second quarter of 2014.
Containerized auto parts imports into the United States continued to trend upwards in the first half of 2014, in a market that has seen growth of over 10 percent in the past two years.

Yantian international container terminal. Photo: lzf / Shutterstock.com
Asia’s ports reported strengthening of container throughput in the first half as the economic recovery of the U.S. and Europe drove up consumer spending and new export orders flooded into Chinese factories.

Thumbnail of interactive graphic on U.S. exports of chicken to Russia.

Russia's one-year ban on food imports from the U.S. and other countries will hit U.S. poultry exports particularly hard, given Russian fondness for American frozen chicken.


Chickens
Russia is banning nearly all agricultural imports from countries supporting trade sanctions on Russia.

U.S. containerized paper exports, first half 2014 vs. first half 2013
U.S. containerized exports of scrap paper are falling, and the drop is partly responsible for slow U.S. export growth.