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.

News & Analysis

29 Apr 2016
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.
18 Feb 2016
The election of Mauricio Macri as president of Argentina could see the the long-diminished Mercosur trading bloc once again become a serious force and help its members forge successful trade pacts with the EU and the North American Free Trade Agreement member nations, and possibly even its west coast of South America rival, the Pacific Alliance.
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.
27 Jan 2016
Russia’s imports may increase significantly this year because of further devaluation of the ruble, making Russian goods more competitive in the global market, according to recent statements from the Russian Association of Commercial Seaports and analysts of the Russian Ministry of Transport.
19 Jan 2016
India’s merchandise exports fell for the 13th month in a row in December, the longest streak of declines on record, but at a slower pace than the previous four months, according to preliminary foreign trade figures published by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
11 Jan 2016
A Nittsu Research Institute and Consulting Inc. report predicts that Japan’s container throughput will contract 3.4 percent year-over-year in fiscal 2015 and grow just 1.3 percent in fiscal 2016, which begins April 1, due to weakness in China's economy.
04 Jan 2016
Shares on the Shanghai and Shenzhen exchanges were suspended on the first trading day of the year after stock prices plunged following indications that December manufacturing activity in China contracted for the 10th consecutive month.
auto manufacturing
02 Jan 2016
Softness in key parts of the global economy is producing cautious forecasts about U.S. containerized imports and exports in 2016. High retail inventory levels have cast a pall over imports. The strong dollar and weak overseas demand are putting a dent in exports.