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Monthly Imports Reach 2 Million Containers for First Time as Retailers Continue Rush to Beat Tariffs

Imports at the nation’s major retail container ports have set another new record, reaching 2 million containers in a single month for the first time as retailers continued to bring merchandise into the country ahead of a now-postponed increase in tariffs on goods from China.

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Imports at the nation’s major retail container ports have set another new record, reaching 2 million containers in a single month for the first time as retailers continued to bring merchandise into the country ahead of a now-postponed increase in tariffs on goods from China.

In an exclusive interview, Jonathan Gold, vice president, supply chain and customs policy for the National Retail Federation shares his views and forecasts

New records are expected to be hit in three of the following months-with July at 1.88 million TEU for a 4.1% annual gain; August at 1.91 million TEU for a 4% increase; and September at 1.83 million TEU for 2.3% improvement-each expected to top the previous record of August 2017’s 1.83 million TEU for a single month.

Retail sales data issued today by the United States Department of Commerce and the National Retail Federation (NRF) showed modest sequential gains and varying annual gains.

Retail industry employment increased by an unusually high 12,900 jobs in November over October, according to the National Retail Federation.

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Keeping in line with recent sentiment, the most recent edition of the Port Tracker report issued by the National Retail Federation (NRF) and maritime consultancy Hackett Associates is calling for United States-bound retail container volumes to hit an all-time high in August.

The National Retail Federation recently condemned a proposal by House Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady to phase in a Border Adjustment Tax over five years.

The NRF is calling for 2017 online and other non-store/online sales (which NRF includes in its over all number) to head up between 8 and 12 percent.

In a speech given to the National Retail Federation’s
International Trade Advisory Committee and Strategic Supply Chain Council in New York City
 this week, the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission gave a brief overview of the current state of the containerized ocean cargo industry.

RISE Up, an industry-led initiative run by the NRF Foundation, helps people build careers that are both challenging and rewarding through hands-on learning and credentials, and is available through nonprofit and public education partners, it provides entry-level workers the skills and education needed to get a job in retail and advance their careers.

NRF's second annual Retail Holiday Planning Playbook builds on themes to help retailers tackle the upcoming holiday planning.

According to the National Retail Federation’s Cyber Monday Expectations Survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics over the weekend, 122 million Americans plan to shop online on Cyber Monday, up from the 121 million who planned to participate last year.