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2020: COVID-19 and trade
  2020: COVID-19 and trade

Feb 08 2021 at 08:00 AM | International Trade

The 2020 U.S. Importer chart provides a detailed look at a chaotic year in international trade – a year marked by the COVID-19 crisis and political and economic upheaval.

Reefer trade’s resilience stands out during pandemic
  Reefer trade’s resilience stands out during pandemic

Dec 21 2020 at 12:36 PM | Maritime News | Liner Shipping

The reefer business has been called “pandemic proof” as demand has continued to grow throughout the Covid-19 crisis. But there are a number of underlying “catalysts” driving the reefer market that grant it some immunity from economic vicissitudes as Greg Tuthill, CCO of SeaCube, explains in an interview.

US commodities “big book” outlines COVID-19 impacts
  US commodities “big book” outlines COVID-19 impacts

Nov 25 2020 at 09:14 AM | International Trade | Commodity

Descartes-Datamyne recently published a series of trade reports under the moniker “Big Book” that delve into the impacts in 2020 of the COVID-19 pandemic on U.S. imports. The various reports provide a unique analysis tool for measuring the effect that the pandemic has had on U.S. trade.

Global terminal operators 2020 – looking beyond Covid
  Global terminal operators 2020 – looking beyond Covid

Nov 09 2020 at 12:11 PM | Ports & Terminals

As the second wave (or third wave by some measures) of the Covid-19 pandemic sweeps through Europe and the Americas, there is once again uncertainty as to the pandemic’s long-term economic impacts.

Interview with MPA Executive Director Doyle
  Interview with MPA Executive Director Doyle

Oct 26 2020 at 01:12 PM | Ports & Terminals

Editor’s Note: William (Bill) P. Doyle was appointed by Maryland Governor Larry Hogan as the Executive Director of the Maryland Port Administration (MPA) on July 22, 2020. As executive director, Doyle oversees and manages the Helen Delich Bentley Port of Baltimore’s six state-owned, public marine terminals.

Rubber band effect – US demand for auto imports snaps back
  Rubber band effect – US demand for auto imports snaps back

Oct 26 2020 at 12:54 PM | International Trade

The demand for imported autos – and really all vehicles – had all but dried up in the middle months of 2020. But a rubber band effect was in play – slowly the supply chain emptied and the demand increased and a spring back has begun with the fourth quarter. The question is will it last?

ECLAC outlines impacts of Covid pandemic on Latin American ocean shipping
  ECLAC outlines impacts of Covid pandemic on Latin American ocean shipping

Oct 21 2020 at 08:00 AM | Maritime News | Liner Shipping

The Economic Commission for Latin America and Caribbean (ECLAC) in their July report “The effects of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic on international trade and logistics” outlined the myriad impacts that the pandemic induced recession has had on Latin America’s supply chain.

Latin America’s Covid-induced recession exacerbated by debt
  Latin America’s Covid-induced recession exacerbated by debt

Oct 21 2020 at 08:00 AM | International Trade

The gloom. It’s palatable, and it’s understandable. Many Latin American economies were beset with economic problems – some of their own making, many the result of a confluence of global economic conditions – and now the Covid-19 pandemic has replaced what might have been a period of qualified economic growth with the question of whether the 2020s will turn into another lost decade for the region. And the issue of sovereign debt looks to potentially slow recovery.

Wood pellet industry going great guns
  Wood pellet industry going great guns

Sep 29 2020 at 02:08 PM | International Trade | Commodity

Despite the pandemic, wood pellets are hitting home with both domestic and international customers.

The ‘Misery Whip’: The ongoing US-Canada lumber dispute just doesn’t cut it
  The ‘Misery Whip’: The ongoing US-Canada lumber dispute just doesn’t cut it

Sep 29 2020 at 02:04 PM | International Trade | Commodity

In the United States the two-man crosscut saw used for logging in the old days was nicknamed the ‘misery whip’ – aptly dubbed as day-long sawing with the device resulted in muscle-aching misery.

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