Economic Warning Signals in March 2013 Sea Container Counts

Written by Steven Hansen Last month, container counts were showing a significant surge (in imports and exports) – suggesting that economic growth MAY actually be showing signs of life. What a difference one month makes. Economically intuitive imports have collapsed in March (but are still growing year-to-date), and exports are down in March are now …

January 2013 Sea Container Counts Still Show Slow Growing Economy

Written by Steven Hansen This January 2013 container data is the first clean month of data following a strike in late November and early December 2012. And the data shows marginal year-over-year export growth, and import year-over-year growth at over 4%. There is little question that imports in cumulative were stronger in the last three …

December 2012 Sea Container Counts Foretell Slow Growing Economy

Written by Steven Hansen This month’s container data is tainted as the busiest ports in the USA (Port of Long Beach and the Port of Los Angeles) were on strike between 27 November and 04 December. Although the ports were not completely closed down, they operated at 1/3 capacity. Ships either waited to unload, or …

November 2012 Sea Container Counts Affected by Strike

Written by Steven Hansen This month’s container data will not enlighten as the busiest ports in the USA (Port of Long Beach and the Port of Los Angeles) were on strike between 27 November and 04 December.  Although the ports were not completely closed down, they operated at 1/3 capacity.  Ships either waited to unload, …