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24 Jun 2016
European shippers and transport companies are bracing for a potential slowdown in trade and higher costs after Britons voted to leave the European Union.
22 Jun 2016
Global population growth and a gradually weakening dollar point to a robust trade in commodities.
21 Jun 2016
Inventory destocking is likely under way, but the process will probably be slow.
21 Jun 2016
Shipment volumes climbed in May, but not enough to pull transport providers out of a deep year-over-year hole.
21 Jun 2016
The U.K.’s transport sector is on tenterhooks as deeply divided Britons prepare to cast an historic vote Thursday on whether to remain in or leave the European Union.
U.S. exports of polyethylene to Latin America are expected to jump.
08 Jun 2016
Latin America’s demand for polyethylene, the key raw material for plastics production, is forecast to rise sharply.
07 Jun 2016
Containerized imports are expected to spike in the fall.
02 Jun 2016
Less-than-truckload shipments only inched upward in May.
25 May 2016
Higher U.S. diesel prices and fuel surcharges may threaten transportation savings.
25 May 2016
Commodities traditionally dominate U.S. containerized exports in terms of volume, but the stars are rarely aligned for U.S. exporters.
24 May 2016
U.S. containerized exports rose in the first quarter of the year for the first time after six successive quarters of decline.