Trade Data

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.

Commentary

The global scrap metal market has been growing and is expected to increase to $406.2 billion in 2020 from $277.1 billion in 2015.

News & Analysis

Central American ports such as Panama's Port of Colon are sending more containers to the United States.
14 Feb 2018
US imports from Central America surpassed 1 million TEU for the first time ever in 2017.
23 Jan 2018
The Trump administration announced the tariffs Monday in response to complaints from US-based manufacturers that foreign competition was unfairly flooding the US market with cheap imports.
Tuticorin port
22 Jan 2018
India's government tax reforms and rising investment in logistics infrastructure are opening the country up to increased trade in 2018 and beyond.
12 Jan 2018
The health scandal, called Carne Fraca, disrupted shippers and container operations and resulted in several importers — including China, Chile, the European Union, and South Korea — imposing temporary bans.
09 Jan 2018
China last year announced bans on imports of certain types of scrap products from all countries in order to reduce the harmful effect of contaminated waste products.
19 Dec 2017
The carrier said it has already signed 100 clients, involving more than $80 million in credit, and is looking to finance another $200 million over the next year.
08 Dec 2017
US import growth is expected to slow in 2018, after an impressive increase in 2017, but the National Retail Federation adds that a recession is not on the horizon.
06 Dec 2017
Maersk transports roughly 20 percent of India’s total containerized cargo.
04 Dec 2017
>The pottery, soil, and stone sector led in both imports and exports.
09 Nov 2017
Compared with the approximately 3 percent increases of recent years, 2017 was a banner year.
08 Nov 2017
The trans-Atlantic spot market has barely budged when compared with the yo-yo swings on other trades.
08 Nov 2017
US meat exports to China are set to be boosted sharply following the signing of a three-year volume commitment by online retailer JD.com.
02 Nov 2017
Bangladesh is India’s seventh-largest trading partner by volume.
24 Oct 2017
The United States is the largest market for Brazilian coffee exports.
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.
13 Oct 2017
Nittsu Research Institute and Consulting Inc. has again revised upward its outlook for Japan’s container trade in fiscal year 2017.
10 Oct 2017
The NRF said strong consumer demand will result in calendar year 2017 retail sales increasing between 3.2 and 3.8 percent over 2016.
02 Oct 2017
China’s trade balance with the rest of the world has deteriorated this decade.
30 Sep 2017
BoxTech contains information on containers moving on one-third of the global fleet. Secretary General Douglas Owen details the vision behind development and potential future uses for the data. 
18 Sep 2017
The reduction slightly jars the confidence of the container shipping industry.
08 Sep 2017
An unexpected surge in imports in July will take some of the steam out of peak-season volumes this autumn.
28 Aug 2017
In terms of exports, the April-to-June index for the food and beverage industry led the pack.
23 Aug 2017
“Canada is a trading country.”
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.
16 Aug 2017
A new bilateral agreement could open China’s huge market to US rice as early as next year.
10 Aug 2017
South Asia is the leading growth market for container shipping.
09 Aug 2017
US containerized imports are forecast to reach the highest-ever monthly total in August.
01 Aug 2017
Brazil’s container trade grew 5.8 percent year-over-year in the first quarter.
17 Jul 2017
The shuttering of many plants for three weeks and more, opposed to the traditional break of one or two weeks, bodes poorly for the country’s third-largest export and its second-largest import.
14 Jul 2017
US cotton exporters are anticipating another strong year after containerized cotton exports rose 3.7 percent last year.
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.
21 Jun 2017
The East Hope Group is a formidable aluminium producer, with some 150 subsidiaries and 24,000 employees.
20 Jun 2017
India’s container trade is expected to grow at a faster pace in the coming months.
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.