Economy Watch

Economy news, data, and analysis with a focus on how changing economic trends can impact the shipping and transportation industries. Our focus on world economy news looks at economic growth and challenges around the world from the United States and China to the United Kingdom and South Africa.

Commentary

Despite political isolation by many countries, Taiwan, its people and economy, have outperformed. How much more would it contribute to global trade and society if its people and nation were given equal rights on the international stage?

News & Analysis

Port of Los Angeles.
09 Aug 2018
The uptrend in US imports, in line with the US/global expansions, continued in June, but shippers remain cautious, and there are objective, geopolitical reasons why they are not celebrating.
Rotterdam port
02 Aug 2018
Terminal underinvestment points to trade growing at a stronger rate than terminal expansion in the immediate years ahead. Further, there’s another container shipping trend that’s placing an additional demand on terminals/ports.
Maersk Line.
24 Jul 2018
Maersk, the world’s largest ocean carrier, said India — riding a wave of economic reforms — registered an impressive year-over-year increase in its export-import trade with the member countries.
Port of Long Beach.
09 Jul 2018
US importers plan to bring in record container volume this peak season, which will translate into an impressive 2018 year-end gain compared with 2017.
Toronto skyline.
19 Jun 2018
The Canadian economy is “humming,” an economist says, but can it outrun trade disputes with its largest trading partner?
Port of Oakland.
14 Jun 2018
With manufacturing sectors in both nations in a strong uptrend, and China’s middle class expanding while US consumer spending is recovering after a long hiatus, only a full-bore trade war could deflect accelerating container trade between the two economic giants.
Port of Los Angeles.
07 Jun 2018
Global Port Tracker predicts record imports this autumn, with load-center ports once again under the gun to efficiently handle containers for their beneficial cargo owner customers.
A truck travels on a US highway.
05 Jun 2018
US shippers may be concerned about the impact of trade wars and higher tariffs on their costs, but those jitters haven’t dented how much freight they actually ship. Initial reports from trucking companies such as Old Dominion Freight Line and economic indicators such as the Non-Manufacturing Index and Purchasing Managers' Index show the US economy is still rolling strong.
DP World Terminal Cochin.
22 Mar 2018
Executives are increasingly viewing the emerging market economy as a bright spot for investment. And the reason is clear: India’s GDP growth is expected to exceed China’s next year.
Bayonne Bridge (new).
15 Mar 2018
The bulk of regional economic fundamentals indicate a strong year is ahead for container trade, GDP growth, earnings growth, and job creation — with all of the positives that implies for lateral sectors and society.
06 Mar 2018
IHS Markit Chief Economist Nariman Behravesh shares his outlook for global economic and trade growth with attendees at the 18th Annual TPM Conference at a time of growing uncertainty surrounding fiscal and trade policy.
05 Mar 2018
Political decisions, whether in trade or monetary policy, are the biggest threats toward US and global economic expansion, IHS Markit’s Nariman Behravesh tells TPM 2018.
07 Nov 2017
A survey of shippers and logistics service providers (LSPs) shows broad agreement truck capacity is getting tighter, but the LSPs expect rates to rise higher next year than shippers anticipate. Electronic logging devices may be a reason.
25 Oct 2017
US truck tonnage slipped slightly less than 1 percent in September, following hurricanes Harvey and Irma, but year-over-year data shows a significant long-term increase in freight volumes.