October 9, 2018

There are some potential lessons to be learned for container trades from the new US Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA.) This is the replacement for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) that has governed North American trade between Canada, Mexico and the United...

August 9, 2018

The back-and-forth incremental increases in US import tariffs and retaliations against US exports continued through July and into August.  Despite the stay in new US – European tariffs, the US has continued to expand the overall scope of import impediments, especially...

May 8, 2018

The risk of new US trade policy having rapid impacts on US container trade volumes this year seems to have dissipated some in April. The Trump Administration has adjusted their initial trade restriction announcements made earlier this year with exceptions and delays. T...

March 9, 2018

Do the new US steel and aluminum import tariffs threaten the baseline forecasts of US import container volumes this year? That question is on the minds of shippers rightly fearing the effects of the new tariffs. The answer can’t be known given the path of retaliation a...

December 7, 2017

As the U.S. shifts its international trade policy preferences towards bilateral agreements and away from multi-lateral agreements, there are consequences for U.S. container trades. U.S. trade partner countries aren’t passive when it comes to trade policy themselves and...

August 9, 2017

The risk of near-term trade disruptions from U.S. trade policy changes has fallen this summer. After 200 days in office, the Trump Administration has not yet followed through on much of their most significant trade policy proposals from the 2016 campaign. The initial q...

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