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Economy news, data, and analysis with a focus on how changing economic trends can impact the shipping and transportation industries. Our focus on world economy news looks at economic growth and challenges around the world from the United States and China to the United Kingdom and South Africa.


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DP World Terminal Cochin.
22 Mar 2018
Executives are increasingly viewing the emerging market economy as a bright spot for investment. And the reason is clear: India’s GDP growth is expected to exceed China’s next year.
06 Mar 2018
IHS Markit Chief Economist Nariman Behravesh shares his outlook for global economic and trade growth with attendees at the 18th Annual TPM Conference at a time of growing uncertainty surrounding fiscal and trade policy.
05 Mar 2018
Political decisions, whether in trade or monetary policy, are the biggest threats toward US and global economic expansion, IHS Markit’s Nariman Behravesh tells TPM 2018.
07 Nov 2017
A survey of shippers and logistics service providers (LSPs) shows broad agreement truck capacity is getting tighter, but the LSPs expect rates to rise higher next year than shippers anticipate. Electronic logging devices may be a reason.
25 Oct 2017
US truck tonnage slipped slightly less than 1 percent in September, following hurricanes Harvey and Irma, but year-over-year data shows a significant long-term increase in freight volumes.
19 Oct 2017
YRC Worldwide was hit by two hurricanes and a wave of rising transportation costs in the third quarter, forcing it to lower its projected operating profit for 2017.
18 Oct 2017
There was no slowing down Chinese containerized exports in September, but the double-digit growth continued to be accompanied by steadily declining freight rates.
17 Oct 2017
After climbing for seven straight weeks, US spot truckload rates stalled last week, but remain higher than usual for early October. DAT Solutions expects spot pricing to keep climbing.
13 Oct 2017
Nittsu Research Institute and Consulting Inc. has again revised upward its outlook for Japan’s container trade in fiscal year 2017.
18 Sep 2017
The reduction slightly jars the confidence of the container shipping industry.
28 Aug 2017
In terms of exports, the April-to-June index for the food and beverage industry led the pack.
17 Aug 2017
Container throughput at the world's major ports was up sharply in the first half, driven by rising volume being reported by carriers.
01 Aug 2017
Brazil’s container trade grew 5.8 percent year-over-year in the first quarter.
30 Jul 2017
It is going to take government support and new business practices to boost US exports, and even then, it is going to be tough haul.
29 Jul 2017
US containerized exports are on the upswing, a boon not just to shippers of goods and commodities such as cotton and poultry, but also to the railroads, marine terminals, and container lines hungry to ship anything but empties to Asia.
17 Jul 2017
On a year-to-date basis, throughput at the top 10 Chinese ports reached 70.4 million TEU.
14 Jul 2017
The pace of growth in fiscal year 2017 will accelerate from fiscal 2016.
25 Jun 2017
Canada’s economy is expected to pick up steam in 2017, with real GDP growth forecast at 2 percent for the year.
20 Jun 2017
Canadian shippers and the head of Canada’s largest port have argued monetizing the country’s 18 port authorities could increase port user fees, limit public oversight, and threaten investment in waterside infrastructure.
20 Jun 2017
India’s container trade is expected to grow at a faster pace in the coming months.
09 Jun 2017
US retailers are expecting US import volumes to hit record levels in the coming months.
01 Jun 2017
Scrap paper of all types is the largest US containerized export.
29 May 2017
The Top 5 Importers in 2016 combined to handled 2.2 million TEU while the Top 5 Exporters shipped 921,600 TEU.
29 May 2017
Nine port pairs on services between Southeast Asia and the West Coast are experiencing faster transit times than before the new and enhanced alliances launched April 1.
24 May 2017
Julian Thomas, CEO of Hamburg Sud in the East Coast of South America, said the first-quarter figures are “impressive indeed.”
12 May 2017
The seven zones have a total combined size double that of China’s four existing FTZs.
08 May 2017
Indices measuring the health of Japan’s import and export container trade improved in the first quarter.
30 Mar 2017
HSH Nordbank booked a loss provision of 2 billion euros for loans to its struggling shipping clients.
27 Mar 2017
The fourth-quarter performance might be a blip, but there are plenty of indicators it isn't.