International Trade News

The relaxation of U.S. rules regarding trade with Cuba has yet to translate into higher shipping volumes.

U.S. containerized exports rose in the first quarter of the year for the first time after six successive quarters of decline.

Containerized imports at the major U.S. gateways are projected to decrease modestly over the next six months.

Intra-Asia trade will increasingly benefit from the rapid growth of consumption in Asia as a higher percentage of cargo is shipped to end markets in the region instead of to destinations in other parts of the world.

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.

Nepal will be given access to China’s Bohai Rim port of Tianjin in an agreement signed in Beijing this week, allowing the landlocked mountain republic to break its near total dependence on trade routes through India.

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.

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.

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.

China’s exports tumbled 25.4 percent year-over-year in February and imports fell 13.8 percent as the country's trade slowdown accelerated, catching some analysts by surprise.