April 7, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic is unraveling the economy nationally and globally as most of the world moves toward a lockdown that entails the closure of significant portions of both the service and manufacturing industries. Staying at home may be safer than going to work but i...

March 9, 2020

Anyone recall the uncertainty of the impact of tariffs on US trade? Now that we are in the coronavirus environment, uncertainty has expanded exponentially as the virus has spread out of China and is impacting other parts of Asia, the United States, Europe and the Middl...

February 10, 2020

The port drayage industry depends heavily on owner-operators driving as independent contractors to licensed motor carriers (LMCs). There are many employee-driven fleets and LMCs with both, but owner-operators make up the bulk of US drayage drivers.

California State Asse...

February 10, 2020

Projecting container volume for the next year has become even more challenging with the outbreak of the coronavirus in China and its spread into the rest of Asia, Europe and North America. The tariff war with China had a direct impact on trade in 2019 with US imports d...

January 8, 2020

According to the Federal Reserve, the Industrial Production Index has been on a slight decline since January 2018 with only a couple of upticks in August and November of last year. Meanwhile, the Census Bureau’s Total Business Inventory-to-Sales Ratio, which was in dec...

May 10, 2019

Real gross domestic product in the United States increased 3.2 percent in the first quarter of 2019, according to the federal Bureau of Economic Analysis, and was driven by consumption and fixed non-residential investments. As imports declined due to the large inventor...

April 10, 2019

"Competitiveness" has become a hot topic for US states, municipalities, and ports. With slower post-recession economic and trade growth, there no longer seems to be more than enough business to go around. Now, we are obsessed with market shares.

April 10, 2019

The world economy, and thereby trade, is heading for a squall.

March 10, 2019

It turns out trade wars are not so easy to win. The Trump administration has had no real success with China, Canada and Mexico, and is in no real position to dictate to the European Union.

February 25, 2019

A lack of certainty makes life more complex for most people. Unfortunately, uncertainty is to be found everywhere one looks at present.

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