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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17 Apr 2014
The rise in labor costs in China and other countries has led to the inclusion of more countries in the global supply chain, but a Standard Chartered report argues that the pace of manufacturing’s migration to lower-cost countries will be slow, especially for higher-value goods.
25 Mar 2014
DVB Bank, one of the leading financiers to the international transport sector, today posted a decline of almost 12 percent its net income for 2013 as it made record loss provisions for loans to the crisis-hit maritime industry, including container shipping.
24 Mar 2014
Fifteen years after China initiated its “Going Global” strategy, its trade with the major nations of South America has increased rapidly, and China has become an increasingly large purchaser of South American raw materials, and supplier of loans and investment capital.
19 Mar 2014
Japan’s trade surplus with the U.S. narrowed for the first time in 14 months in February on a year-over-year basis, as imports grew at a much faster pace than exports...
Environmentally sustainable business practices in the sourcing and delivery of products and services.
18 Mar 2014
Companies are increasingly looking for ways to employ environmentally sustainable business practices in their sourcing and delivery of products and services.
Supply chain sustainability
18 Mar 2014
The definition of “supply chain sustainability” has morphed significantly since it came into use 10 or 15 years ago.
U.S. containerized exports through January 2014. Source: PIERS, the Data Division of JOC Group Inc.
17 Mar 2014
U.S. containerized exports slipped 1.2 percent year-over-year in January to 958,708 TEUs...
13 Mar 2014
India’s exports shrank for the first time in eight months in February on a year-over-year basis...
Sad teddy bear
13 Mar 2014
The Toy Industry Association is advising its members to make contingency plans for their summer-fall shipments...
U.S. containerized imports through February 2014. Source: PIERS
13 Mar 2014
U.S. containerized import volume fell 7.2 percent year-over-year in February 2014, according to advance figures from PIERS, the data division of JOC Group Inc.
Mexico was the top market for U.S. pork exports by volume in January, although the No. 1 market in terms of value was Japan.
12 Mar 2014
U.S. red meat exports kicked off 2014 on a “positive note,” although market conditions suggest the year ahead could be “challenging,” according to statistics...

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As much of North America thaws out from a brutal winter, the burning question in freight transportation is whether the heavy congestion experienced in many areas was solely a weather-related phenomenon or whether limits in transportation capacity are finally starting to be revealed.

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