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

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor |
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 |
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.
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Top US Shippers: Electronics importers lean on China during COVID surge

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor |
High consumer demand for electronics drove many US importers back to China in 2020, but alternative markets such as Vietnam, Thailand, and Mexico are still growing as well.
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JOC Top 100 US importer and exporter rankings 2020

JOC Staff |
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: Semiconductor shortage a fork in the road for auto trade

Dustin Braden, Shipper Relationship Manager |
While OEM suppliers and their transportation providers should expect down lines and slower production to weigh on growth, auto aftermarket suppliers are expecting the opposite. 
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Top US Shippers: China trade war intensifies sourcing shift in household goods

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor |
With the US imposing higher tariffs on goods from China, importers of household goods moved production to Southeast Asia last year, primarily Vietnam.
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Top US Shippers: Booming toy demand marches on despite shift away from China

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor |
Increased import tariffs on Chinese-made toys in 2019 caused some shippers to shift sourcing to Vietnam, accelerating the diversion of those cargoes from Los Angeles and Long Beach to ports on the East and Gulf coasts.
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Top US Shippers: COVID-19 saps apparel, footwear supply chains

Ari Ashe, Senior Editor |
With schools and retailers shut down across the country, imports this summer of back-to-school items and holiday season goods may be much lower than in prior years.
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Top 100 US importer and exporter rankings 2019

JOC Staff |
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.
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Top US Shippers: ‘Safe harbor’ tax credit boosts 2019 US solar imports

Janet Nodar, Senior Editor, Breakbulk and Heavy Lift |
The savings afforded by the safe harbor tax credit has US solar energy developers rethinking traditional project logistics processes, purchasing and importing materials much earlier in the construction cycle.
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Top US Shippers: COVID-19 complicates long-term automotive logistics strategies

Dustin Braden, Shipper Engagement Manager |
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.
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Top US Shippers: Food importers face consumption upheaval

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor |
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.
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Top US Shippers: US electronics importers turn to Mexico

Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor |
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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Top 100 US importer and exporter rankings 2018

JOC Staff |
Walmart remained atop the list of the largest US importers by volume last year and is nearing the 1 million-TEU mark, moving more than 7.3 times the volume of online retail giant Amazon, which came in at No. 12.
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Toy shippers wait for next tariff shoe to drop

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor |
Toys from China remain unaffected by tariffs, but shippers fear they could be impacted by future rounds of tariffs.
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Rising US retail inventories set stage for transport pullback

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor |
US containerized imports from Asia dropped 0.5 percent year over year in the first quarter of 2019, after rising 15.5 percent in the fourth quarter, according to the PIERS data, a sister product of JOC.com within IHS Markit
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Higher bonds needed for tariff-hit US imports

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor |
Importers may be unaware that they need to increase the level of the bond they must maintain with US Customs and Border Protection for duties due to be paid over a 12-month period.
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Record US imports forecast for peak season

Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor |
US importers plan to bring in record container volume this peak season, which will translate into an impressive 2018 year-end gain compared with 2017.
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E-commerce, fast fashion spark modal shift for clothing imports

Ari Ashe, Senior Editor |
With a strong economy and fashion in vogue, US imports should be on the rise.
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Slideshow: Top 5 US importers and exporters

Dustin Braden, Shipper Relationship Manager |
The Top 5 Importers in 2016 combined to handled 2.2 million TEU while the Top 5 Exporters shipped 921,600 TEU.
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With new DC, PACCAR Parts speeds next-day shipping

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor |
Next-day shipping isn't just for online retailers. The parts division of $19 billion heavy truck maker PACCAR designed its latest distribution center to speed delivery of aftermarket components to customers.
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Target’s Dolan to head shipper-port-carrier coalition

By JOC Staff |
The vice president of international logistics at retailer Target, Joshua Dolan, will lead a coalition dedicated to increasing supply chain efficiency.
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JOC’s top US importers scale up via mergers, acquisitions

Marsha Salisbury, Research Editor |
Slide show: Growth among the leaders on the JOC's Top 100 Importers in 2015 rankings involved tenacity and perseverance in building scale with global agility.
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Bloated inventories cloud outlook for peak shipping season

Peter T. Leach, Editor-at-Large |
As the July–October peak shipping season nears, excess retail stock could act as a drag on containerized imports.
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J.C. Penney shifts stock to suppliers to cut inventory

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor |
Fulfilling orders from supplier warehouses are likely to shift freight patterns and increase home-delivery demand.
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US demand for toys boosts shipments, Hasbro earnings

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor |
U.S. retail sales may have dropped in March, but demand for toys, especially those related to Disney’s hit movie Frozen, created a surge in containerized toy imports and boosted sales for Hasbro.
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Rising US auto sales set to drive freight demand in 2016

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor |
The National Automobile Dealers Association raised its forecast for 2016 U.S. car and light truck sales to 17.7 million units, a record high that will drive automotive freight and logistics demand.
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Retailers struggle to balance inventories as online sales grow

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor |
An empty shelf in a big box store may be a retail logistics manager’s worst nightmare, but it’s not the only one. Retailers are rethinking inventory management and often carrying more inventory as they expand online sales and develop new delivery strategies.
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Dollar Tree to add East Coast DC in South Carolina

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor |
Discount retailer Dollar Tree is building a $104.4 million distribution center in 'upstate' South Carolina, near the Greer Inland Port and the I-85 corridor, expanding its Southeastern logistics footprint.
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Slide show: Top 10 US Importers, 2014

JOC Staff |
Retailers and their suppliers dominated the JOC’s Top 100 U.S. Importers rankings once again in 2014. Here’s a quick look at the companies making up the Top 10 importers in U.S. foreign trade via ocean container transport.
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US retailers worry West Coast port delays will hurt post-Black Friday restocking

JOC Team |
Major U.S. retailers don't expect U.S. West Coast port congestion to hamper getting Black Friday products on the shelves, but they’re far less confident on their ability to keep stores stocked through the entire holiday season.
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U.S. container exports sink as worsening trade imbalance looms

JOC Team |
Weak global demand is hurting U.S. containerized exports, while a reviving U.S. economy is aiding imports. A larger long-term trade imbalance is the likely result, Cass says.
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EPA orders Costco to upgrade warehouse refrigeration systems

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor |
In a deal that could have implications for refrigerated shippers and warehouse operators across the U.S., Costco agreed to pay $335,000 in penalties and spend as much as $2 million over the next few years to cut greenhouse gas emissions from its warehouse stores.
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Wal-Mart turns attention to reducing food waste

Stephanie Nall, Cool Cargoes Editor |
As the world's largest corporation, Wal-Mart holds hefty leverage over its vendors. Its next mission is to eliminate waste within its massive system, even on food, and vendors are taking note.
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Target’s Gabrielson named VP of transportation at Lowe’s

JOC Staff |
Rick Gabrielson, senior manager for import transportation at Target Corp., has been named vice president of transportation at Lowe’s Cos.
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Scaling the Top 100

Marsha Salisbury, Research Editor |
Some of the fastest-climbing companies on the JOC’s Top 100 Importers and Exporters rankings share a common trait: They either partner with or are part of a conglomerate that allows them to create synergies of scale.
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Home Depot’s New Strategy Tied to E-Commerce Growth

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor |
It begins with a leaky faucet, or perhaps a broken piece of crown molding, or a washing machine, or ceiling fan. Something needs to be fixed, replaced, improved or installed — and the right tools are required to do it. That specific need generates the demand that sets the supply chain in motion at The Home Depot, and increasingly that demand first appears as an online order placed through the retailer’s website.
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Lowe’s Assures Chassis Availability With Dedicated Fleet

Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor |
The home-improvement retailer Lowe’s is reducing its equipment costs and avoiding the chassis shortages that are plaguing cargo interests at a number of U.S. ports by leasing a dedicated fleet of chassis in its South Atlantic operations.
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Retail Giant Wal-Mart Selling Food Safety

Stephanie Nall |
Wal-Mart executives want people to know they are increasing the food safety requirements of their suppliers, are working to verify the safety of imported foods and increasing standards in foreign stores as well.
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Economists: US Container Trade Balance Is Possible

Joseph Bonney, Senior Editor |
U.S. containerized exports could exceed imports during certain months as soon as 2016 and on an annual basis by 2020, Walter Kemmsies, chief economist at Moffatt & Nichol, told the annual meeting of the Agriculture Transportation Coalition.
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