U.S.-bound shipments trend down in June, reports Panjiva

Logistics Management | July 22, 2019

Following a three-month stretch of gains from March through April, United States-bound waterborne shipments fell in June, according to data recently issued by global trade intelligence firm Panjiva. The gains from March through April followed a decline in February, which was the first one in 24 months. June shipments at 1,010,429 were off 2.7% annually, and on a year-to-date basis, shipments through June at 5,985,325 are up 1.6% compared to the same period a year ago, while containerized freight was off 3%. What’s more, Panjiva noted that June represented the first non-seasonal decline going back to June 2016, with second quarter growth down to 0.5% annually, compared to growth rates of 2.7% in the first quarter and 9.4% for all of 2018.

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Shipwell | May 18, 2022

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XPDEL | July 08, 2022

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TRANSPORTATION

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Enel | June 28, 2022

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Emergent Cold LatAm | July 07, 2022

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