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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Containerized exports from the United States fell 0.7 percent year-over-year in May.
11 Jul 2014
Containerized exports from the United States slid in May, the third year-over-year decline in five months.
29 May 2014
New low-sulfur limits for ships that come into effect in North America and northern Europe at the beginning of 2015 could add almost $50 to the cost of transporting a standard container across the Atlantic Ocean.
28 May 2014
Japan’s trade surplus with the United States narrowed for the third month in a row in April on a year-on-year basis, as imports grew at a faster pace than exports, according to preliminary figures released by the Finance Ministry last week.
28 May 2014
Some of the fastest-climbing companies on the JOC’s Top 100 Importers and Exporters rankings share a common trait: They either partner with or are part of a conglomerate that allows them to create synergies of scale.
Ocean imports of containerized toys into the United States continued to decline in the first quarter of 2014.
23 May 2014
Though containerized toy imports coming to the United States are down, the toy industry’s bottom line doesn’t seem to be hurting.
23 May 2014
The Senate’s vote for the Water Resources Reform and Development Act has sent the long-delayed port and waterway bill to President Obama for his likely signature.
23 May 2014
The Journal of Commerce’s annual Top 100 U.S. Importers and Exporters ranking begins with data from PIERS, the data division of JOC Group, and is enhanced by information gathered from other industry sources. The figures are expressed in 20-foot-equivalent units, or TEUs, the most common standard measurement of containerized ocean shipping. One standard 40-foot ocean container equals two TEUs.
23 May 2014
The Journal of Commerce’s annual Top 100 U.S. Importers and Exporters ranking begins with data from PIERS, the data division of JOC Group, and is enhanced by information gathered from other industry sources. The figures are expressed in 20-foot-equivalent units, or TEUs, the most common standard measurement of containerized ocean shipping. One standard 40-foot ocean container equals two TEUs.
15 May 2014
The Port of Long Beach yesterday presented environmental achievement awards to 22 shipping lines that participated this past year in programs that reduce vessel emissions.
15 May 2014
The world’s economic focus during the 1980s and 1990s was trained on the Asian Tigers of Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan. Now Argentina’s top agricultural official says the focus is about to shift south.
14 May 2014
WASHINGTON — A key report from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration this fall will go a long way toward determining how committed politicians and business leaders are to taking the North American Free Trade Agreement to the next level.

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JOC economist Mario O. Moreno updates his projections regarding U.S. containerized trade with South America.

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