• ITVI.USA
    15,913.180
    -35.240
    -0.2%
  • OTLT.USA
    2.793
    -0.005
    -0.2%
  • OTRI.USA
    22.300
    0.290
    1.3%
  • OTVI.USA
    15,900.990
    -35.610
    -0.2%
  • TSTOPVRPM.ATLPHL
    2.950
    -0.570
    -16.2%
  • TSTOPVRPM.CHIATL
    3.610
    0.650
    22%
  • TSTOPVRPM.DALLAX
    1.370
    -0.240
    -14.9%
  • TSTOPVRPM.LAXDAL
    3.550
    0.210
    6.3%
  • TSTOPVRPM.PHLCHI
    2.320
    0.220
    10.5%
  • TSTOPVRPM.LAXSEA
    4.110
    0.250
    6.5%
  • WAIT.USA
    126.000
    0.000
    0%
  • ITVI.USA
    15,913.180
    -35.240
    -0.2%
  • OTLT.USA
    2.793
    -0.005
    -0.2%
  • OTRI.USA
    22.300
    0.290
    1.3%
  • OTVI.USA
    15,900.990
    -35.610
    -0.2%
  • TSTOPVRPM.ATLPHL
    2.950
    -0.570
    -16.2%
  • TSTOPVRPM.CHIATL
    3.610
    0.650
    22%
  • TSTOPVRPM.DALLAX
    1.370
    -0.240
    -14.9%
  • TSTOPVRPM.LAXDAL
    3.550
    0.210
    6.3%
  • TSTOPVRPM.PHLCHI
    2.320
    0.220
    10.5%
  • TSTOPVRPM.LAXSEA
    4.110
    0.250
    6.5%
  • WAIT.USA
    126.000
    0.000
    0%
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U.S. imports up nearly 10 percent in March

   Import cargo volume at the nation’s major retail container ports is expected to increase 3.2 percent in April compared with the same month last year, and year-over-year gains should continue through the end of summer, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released Tuesday by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates.
   “Retailers are continuing to watch rising gas prices, but job gains and other indicators show the economy is strengthening,” NRF Vice President for Supply Chain and Customs Policy Jonathan Gold said. “All of this should improve consumer confidence and lead to increased spending, so retailers are cautiously building up their inventories.”
   U.S. ports followed by Global Port Tracker handled 1 million TEUs in February, the latest month for which after-the-fact numbers are available. With February traditionally the slowest month of the year, that was down 5.7 percent compared to February 2011, and down 16 percent from January.
   March was estimated at 1.2 million TEUs, up 9.6 percent year-on-year, while April is forecast at 1.3 million TEUs, up 3.2 percent. May is forecast at 1.3 million TEUs, the same as last year; June at 1.3 million TEUs, up 3.6 percent; July at 1.4 million TEUs, up 1.9 percent, and August at 1.4 million TEU, up 7.4 percent.
   The first half of 2012 is projected to total 7.3 million TEUs, up 2.2 percent from the same period last year. The total for 2011 was 14.8 million TEUs, up 0.4 percent from 2010. NRF continues to project 2012 retail sales will grow 3.4 percent, to $2.5 trillion.
   “Our forecast for the remainder of the year has brought us back to the traditional peak season patterns,” Hackett Associates founder Ben Hackett said. “Hopefully the importers and the carriers can work closely together to ensure sufficient capacity and a solid supply chain.”

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