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A strong wind is expected to continue blowing on the economic seas in the first half of 2018 but could recede for the full year, based on the most recent edition of the Port Tracker report, which was released late last week by the National Retail Federation (NRF) and maritime consultancy Hackett Associates.

Hedging your bets on securing capacity may be an ongoing gambit this year, say ocean shipping industry experts. The big players have only gotten bigger, but that’s no guarantee that service and reliability will improve.


Following the close of its 2017 fiscal year, Panama Canal authorities announced that the entrepot welcomed a record 403.8 million tons—the largest amount of annual volume ever transited in its 103-year history. Industry analysts say the impact on U.S. ocean cargo gateways will soon become evident.

Port Tracker expects December to come in at 1.6 million TEU, which would mark a 2.6% annual gain, with all of 2017 pegged at 20.1 million TEU. This would mark a new all-time record, ahead of 2016’s 18.8 million TEU by 7%. What’s more, 2017 included five of only seven months on record to reach 1.7 million TEU or more.

The most recent edition of the Port Tracker report issued today by the National Retail Federation (NRF) and maritime consultancy Hackett Associates points to a healthy month for imports in a 2017 that has seen five of the seven highest-volume import months on record.

Brendan McCahill, Senior Vice President of Trade Data Content at Descartes, examines the current state of U.S. port infrastructure.

Following two straight months of record-breaking imports at United States-based retail container ports in July and August, things slowed down a tad in September, with ample inventory levels in place for the holiday shopping season, according to the most recent edition of the Port Tracker report issued today by the National Retail Federation (NRF) and maritime consultancy Hackett Associates.

When the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) convenes its 106th Annual Convention and Expo in Long Beach next month, much of the focus will be placed on climate change and the devastation to ocean cargo gateways in the southeast and gulf hit hard by two recent hurricanes. That’s because environmental stewardship is something that all ports take seriously now…even if they are not in the path of murderous winds and surging seas.

Heading into August, analysts at global trade intelligence firm Panjiva said that the month could set a new record for the number of United States-bound waterborne shipments. That estimate turned out to be accurate based on data the New York City-based firm issued this week.

A recent Logistics Management readership survey comprised of feedback from around 90 buyers of domestic and global freight transportation and logistics services showed that preparation and planning for an event such as Tropical Storm Harvey, from an emergency preparedness perspective, is crucial.

Records are made to be broken for many different things, and in the case of United States-bound retail container volumes, records are being set in recent months, according to the most recent edition of the Port Tracker report issued this week by the National Retail Federation (NRF) and maritime consultancy Hackett Associates.

BMW’s collaboration with South Carolina Ports and Norfolk Southern creates a unique intermodal solution that eliminates truck moves, improves its sustainability efforts and subsequently spurs manufacturing efficiently in a growing region.

TOTE recently announced its intention to establish a new domestic shipping service to Hawai’i. The company is working with Philly Shipyard to construct four new environmentally advanced containerships, custom built for the trade.

As it indicated in its previous report, data recently issued by San Francisco-based freight forwarding and customs brokerage services provider Flexport in its July 2017 Market Update continues to pinpoint the pairing of rising volumes and rates with Peak Season here.




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