Economy Watch

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.

Commentary

A weakening of the US dollar to other currencies is raising US exporter hopes for increased volumes in the low single-digits this year. That’s hardly spectacular growth, but it will be a welcoming change from the last five years. 

News & Analysis

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.