May Trade Data: Solid Seasonal Growth

  • By Josh Green
  • · June 15, 2011
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The word from the Panjiva research team: we saw solid seasonal growth in global trade activity in May.  Specifically, the number of waterborne shipments coming into the U.S. experienced an 8% month-over-month increase from April to May.

The number of global manufacturers shipping to the U.S. was up 6% from April to May.  This aligns with last year’s robust 9% increase, 2009’s +2%, and 2008’s +3%.

Additional notes:

  • The percentage of significant manufacturers on the Panjiva Watch List continued its gradual increase from 19% to 20%.
  • The percentage of significant buyers having done business with a Panjiva Watch List supplier in the preceding three months also experienced an increase from 26% to 27%.

Methodological notes:

  • Manufacturers that have suffered a 50% or greater decline in volume shipped to American customers in the most recent three month period, versus the same period a year ago, are on the Panjiva Watch List.
  • “Significant manufacturers” are companies that have sent 10 or more shipments to American customers within the last year. As of the end of May, there were 94,302 significant manufacturers.
  • “Significant buyers” are U.S. companies that have received 10 or more shipments from overseas manufacturers within the last year. As of the end of May, there were 81,390 significant buyers.

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