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April 2016: Will U.S. Imports Shrink in 2016?

  • By Annelise McCarthy
  • · May 19, 2016
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The last five years have shown consistent year-over-year growth, with very few periods where the YTD stats fell below that of the previous year. However, after a disappointing March, U.S. import shipments were down in April by 2% compared with last year, bringing the year-to-date total (Jan-Apr) in the red compared to the same period […]

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March 2016: Losing Momentum

  • By Annelise McCarthy
  • · April 29, 2016
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The past couple of years has shown month-over-month growth in March, so this year’s numbers are disappointing. U.S. imports were down 12% compared to February and down 19% from March 2015. Part of the monthly drop can be attributed to a strong February, with an extra day due to the leap year, but it is […]

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January 2016: Shipments Showing Strong Year-Over-Year Growth as Expected

  • By Annelise McCarthy
  • · February 11, 2016
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Panjiva’s U.S. import data shows that January’s shipments are up 4% compared with December and 11% compared with the previous January. The year-over-year jump was expected, as last January’s imports suffered from port strikes along the West Coast. The team is hopeful that the growth will continue. Additional Notes: January shipments have been a mixed-bag […]

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December 2015 Trade Data: U.S. Import Shipments Grow 0.14% in 2015

  • By Annelise McCarthy
  • · January 19, 2016
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Panjiva’s research team shows that U.S. maritime imports in December were down 3% compared with November and 4% from the previous year. Overall, shipments in 2015 ended with a 0.14% increase compared to 2014. This is much lower than previous years, when U.S. imports were showing high year-over-year growth as the economy was recovering from […]

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November 2015 Trade Data: Expected Decline

  • By Annelise McCarthy
  • · December 16, 2015
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Panjiva shows that imports to the U.S. were down from October to November, but were up year-over-year. Specifically, there was a 4% decline from the previous month, which is expected this time of year. Additional Notes: Typically, we see a decline in shipments from October to November. Recent years’ October to November changes: -12% in […]

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October 2015 Trade Data: Diminishing Annual Growth

  • By Annelise McCarthy
  • · November 19, 2015
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Maritime imports to the United States remained constant in October compared with September. Although there was no month-over-month movement, import shipments were down 6% versus October 2014. This is the first time since 2009 that the month of October saw a year-over-year decline in the number of imports.   Additional Notes: In past years, September […]

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Shipment Decline: September 2015 Trade Data

  • By Annelise McCarthy
  • · October 23, 2015
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Monthly shipment numbers for U.S. imports were down 8% in September compared with August and down 4% year-over-year. A monthly decline is expected in September, which falls after the typical holiday sourcing season. However, due to the holiday season’s late start this year, we were hoping to see higher shipment numbers for September. Additional Notes: In […]

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2015 Holiday Predictions

  • By Maxwell Gove
  • · September 30, 2015
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With October now upon us, the holiday shopping season is just around the corner. For many in the sourcing world, however, holiday planning has already passed. When measured by the number of shipments, imports in past years have consistently peaked in July or August, when American firms receive the bulk of their holiday purchasing. Here […]

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5% Monthly Growth: August 2015 Trade Data

  • By Annelise McCarthy
  • · September 22, 2015
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August’s shipment numbers gave us the rise in U.S. imports that we were hoping to see last month. Maritime shipments were up 5% compared to July and 2% year-over-year. While the growth isn’t as high as we would want after an unseasonally low month in July, it suggests the holidays might be coming after all. […]

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Stores Begin Ramping Up for Star Wars Release

  • By Maxwell Gove
  • · September 4, 2015
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Ahead of the December release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the New York Times has reported that dedicated fans have lined for hours and waited for midnight openings to be the first to get their hands on new releases. Though Disney, which owns the rights to the Star Wars brand, has a supposedly tight […]

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