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Top 100 Importer/Exporter Rankings: US trade flows returning to pre-pandemic patterns

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor | May 23, 2023, 8:03 AM EDT

This latest annual Journal of Commerce Top 100 Importer and Exporter rankings underscore the impact of softer US and global economies that depressed demand for goods domestically and abroad, weakening consumer confidence and high inflation, and a major shift in the timing of imports in 2022.
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Top US Shippers: US auto trade rebounding despite disruption, parts shortages

Dustin Braden, Shipper Relationship Manager | Jun 6, 2022, 9:29 AM EDT

Despite strong demand both in the US and overseas, actual US vehicle production and sales remain restrained by parts shortages that forced automakers to halt production several times in 2021.

Inventory gain, exports raise US GDP forecast

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor | Dec 9, 2021, 3:52 PM EST

IHS Markit expects US GDP to expand 7.1 percent in the fourth quarter, based on a $130 billion jump in inventory investment in October that represents goods “pulled forward” from 2022.

JOC Top 100 US importer and exporter rankings 2020

JOC Staff | May 25, 2021, 10:59 AM EDT

Walmart remained atop the list of the 100 largest US importers by a wide margin in 2020, while Koch Industries retained the No. 1 export spot.
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Top US Shippers: Ag export outlook remains strong despite supply chain ‘friction’

Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor | May 20, 2021, 12:15 PM EDT

Despite duties in China, vessel space limitations at US ports and equipment shortages at inland rail hubs, US containerized agricultural shipments increased seven percent in 2020.
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TPM21: E-commerce spurs growth in container transloading

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor | Mar 23, 2021, 12:00 PM EDT

Rapid e-commerce delivery requirements, as well as capacity shortages and equipment imbalances, are spurring the growth of transloading near US seaports, speakers at TPM21 said.

Rail delays stymie exporters in Memphis

Ari Ashe, Senior Editor | Mar 22, 2021, 3:46 PM EDT

Exporters and trucking companies are battling delays on Norfolk Southern and CSX Transportation in Memphis, causing loaded containers going to Charleston and Savannah to idle for days.
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Port of Wilmington gains Scoular export business

Ari Ashe, Senior Editor | Jan 12, 2021, 4:31 PM EST

Agricultural exporter Scoular will open a transload facility this summer to export soybeans out of the Port of Wilmington, North Carolina, adding to its existing relationships with ports in Virginia, South Carolina, and Southern California.
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Savannah gets export boost from new A&R Logistics resin plant

Ari Ashe, Senior Editor | Dec 1, 2020, 12:19 PM EST

A&R Logistics opened a resin packaging plant in Georgia last week more than a month ahead of schedule, and along with its new South Carolina facility will contribute a combined 100,000 TEU of new volume at the ports of Charleston and Savannah annually.
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Top US Shippers: Recyclables exporters bracing for large drops in supply, demand

Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor | Jun 3, 2020, 12:00 PM EDT

US exporters of scrap metals, paper, and plastics saw increased demand in 2019, but volumes have come crashing down in early 2020 due to supply and demand destruction caused by the COVID-19 crisis.

Top US Shippers: Exports of paper, forest products plunge

Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor | Jun 1, 2020, 9:20 AM EDT

A collapse in US exports of scrap paper and forest products due to tariffs, environmental restrictions, and slowing economies in receiving countries is expected to continue this year due to the effects of the COVID-19 crisis.

Top US Shippers: Resin exports expected to slide after strong 2019

Ari Ashe, Senior Editor | May 29, 2020, 8:00 AM EDT

The main concern for US resin producers in 2019 was an increase in Chinese import tariffs, but that has been overshadowed by macro-economic concerns during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Top 100 US importer and exporter rankings 2019

JOC Staff | May 25, 2020, 8:02 AM EDT

Walmart remained atop the list of the 100 largest US importers by a wide margin in 2019, while Koch Industries retained to the No. 1 export spot.

Top US Shippers: Ag exporters grow volumes despite tough market

Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor | May 22, 2020, 1:19 PM EDT

Nearly five months into 2020, US agricultural exporters say their main concerns are logistical issues such as blank sailings in the trans-Pacific, ocean carrier detention and demurrage charges, and supply chain disruptions due to “earliest return date” (ERD) mandates.

Top US Shippers: COVID-19 complicates long-term automotive logistics strategies

Dustin Braden, Shipper Engagement Manager | May 20, 2020, 2:53 PM EDT

Among the many questions facing the auto industry in 2020 is how to build resilience into supply chains centered on just-in-time (JIT) fulfillment strategies and lean manufacturing.

Shippers seek stability ahead of patchwork COVID-19 recovery

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor | May 18, 2020, 8:00 AM EDT

Expectations for capacity, demand, and pricing across transportation modes in 2020 have been shattered by the COVID‑19 pandemic, resulting in recession.
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Top US Shippers: Food importers face consumption upheaval

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor | May 13, 2020, 5:42 PM EDT

While other industries have seen massive increases or decreases in demand, food importers have been affected by an upheaval in consumption patterns and the channels through which end-consumers purchase food.

Top US Shippers: US electronics importers turn to Mexico

Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor | May 12, 2020, 4:13 PM EDT

US tariffs on electronics goods produced in China continue to push production and assembly of some electronics to Southeast Asia and Mexico, with the latter grabbing a growing share of laptop computers and televisions due to its proximity to the US market.
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Ag shippers urge Trump administration to intervene on detention, demurrage

Ari Ashe, Senior Editor | Apr 7, 2020, 3:31 PM EDT

A coalition of 80 agricultural shippers is urging the Trump administration to get involved in the detention and demurrage debate now before the Federal Maritime Commission, saying the issue is even more important now amid supply chain disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
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US, Europe already in ‘COVID-19 recession’: economist

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor | Mar 19, 2020, 5:10 PM EDT

The 10-year US economic expansion is over, killed by the response to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-2019), and the recovery will be slow, IHS Markit chief economist Nariman Behravesh warns.
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