Category: General

Following the Growth Trend: June 2015 Trade Data

  • By Annelise McCarthy
  • · July 29, 2015
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June showed an increase in shipments over a strong May, suggesting real growth in the U.S. imports market. Maritime shipments to U.S. ports rose 1% from May and 4% year-over-year, following a general upward trend since 2009. Additional Notes: Monthly growth from May to June is typically flat, which makes the 1% month-over-month growth figure […]

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What to Expect from the Iran Deal (Besides Cheaper Oil)

  • By Maxwell Gove
  • · July 16, 2015
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Will the Iran deal prove to be an opportunity for global trade? While it’s been cut off from the West, Iran has been cozying up with China to keep trade moving. Iran is a fairly rich country, but has been cut off from most luxury markets. Lifting sanctions could open the floodgates for American and […]

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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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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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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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Panjiva teams up with Sourcing Journal on 2015 State of Trade Report

  • By Josh Green
  • · March 2, 2015
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At the end of 2014, Panjiva and Sourcing Journal invited trade executives from all over the world to participate in a survey about the state of global trade and their thoughts on the coming year. Over 350 people responded, and the 2015 State of Trade Report is now ready! Some findings include: Concerns about Costs: […]

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A Very Digital Christmas Ahead

  • By Josh Green
  • · December 15, 2014
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The latest word from the Panjiva research team is good news for the many children who hope to receive digital toys as presents this holiday season: several electronic toys have seen a dramatic uptick in shipments compared to the same period in 2013. Here are some highlights from the analysis of shipments coming into U.S. ports from […]

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