May 2015 Trade Data: April Showers bring May Shipments

  • By Annelise McCarthy
  • · June 11, 2015
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Panjiva’s research team was excited to see the increase in shipments during the month of May, especially after a weak April. Maritime imports to the United States rose 7% from April and 3% year-over-year. Additional notes: April to May has shown little change in the past three years. Previous month-over month changes were 0% in […]

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Who Depends on Greece? No One, and That’s the Problem

  • By Maxwell Gove
  • · June 3, 2015
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Not a day has gone by in 2015 without economic headlines focused on Greece and its flirtation with default and possible exit from the Eurozone. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has struggled to find an ally in negotiations with fellow Eurozone leaders. Looking at trade data, it’s easy to see why — while Greek firms […]

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Are California’s Agricultural Exports Drying Up?

  • By Maxwell Gove
  • · June 2, 2015
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Amid a crippling drought in the Golden State, Californian farmers have faced tough criticism in the wake of their exemption from Governor Jerry Brown’s water usage restrictions. Their opponents claim Californian farms have been using an alarming amount of the state’s diminishing water supplies to support crops that mostly end up overseas.   Looking at […]

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Weaker Than Expected: April 2015 Trade Data

  • By Josh Green
  • · May 21, 2015
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The word from the Panjiva research team: imports to the U.S. were down from March to April and were also down year-over-year.  Specifically, April’s imports were 3% lower than imports in April of 2014.   Additional notes: Typically, we see increases from March to April.  Recent years’ March to April changes: +10% in 2014, +20% in 2013, +9% in 2012, and +9% in 2011. […]

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Is the West Coast No Longer the Best Coast for US Importers?

  • By Maxwell Gove
  • · May 12, 2015
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The labor dispute that caused long delays and numerous headaches for shippers and logistics companies has come to an end, but data suggests that the disruption may be altering the way importers are handling their supply chains. While Los Angeles and Long Beach still processed nearly ⅓ of all US imports during the strike, a […]

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March 2015 Trade Data: Very Strong

  • By Josh Green
  • · April 10, 2015
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The word from the Panjiva research team: imports to the U.S. were up significantly from February to March and were also up year-over-year.  Specifically, March’s imports were 19% higher than imports in March of 2014.   Additional notes: This is the largest single-month shipment number we’ve seen since we began tracking this data in 2007. This is also the biggest February-to-March […]

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February 2015 Trade Data: Oddly Decent

  • By Josh Green
  • · March 31, 2015
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The word from the Panjiva research team: imports to the U.S. were up from January to February and were also up year-over-year.  Specifically, February’s imports were 5% higher than imports in February of 2014.   Additional notes: This is the first time we’ve seen an uptick from January to February since we started tracking this […]

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Are eCigarettes Burning Out?

  • By Maxwell Gove
  • · March 31, 2015
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Regardless of any controversy over their health risks, e-cigarettes were without a doubt a hot product in 2014. Shipments of the tobacco substitute first spiked at the beginning of 2013, but we saw an additional and significant rise in the second and third quarters of last year. In Q4, however, we saw a significant drop […]

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The iEconomy Drives Growth in Vietnam

  • By Maxwell Gove
  • · March 24, 2015
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For a while now, firms looking for alternatives to China, particularly those in the apparel industry, have turned to manufacturing in Vietnam. Though recent data suggests this boom in textile exports is cooling down, Vietnam’s growth as a whole shows no signs of stopping. Instead, the numbers indicate that producers of more high tech, electronic […]

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Does Explosive Growth Lead to Compliance Problems?

  • By Maxwell Gove
  • · March 17, 2015
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Although most recent press has focused on Apple’s new Watch and Macbook lineup, the company has also been receiving negative attention surrounding the labor practices of companies involved in its supply chain. Specifically, Pegatron–which was recently tapped to help produce the iPhone 6–has been accused of paying workers wages below the local cost of living. […]

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