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Hackett Associates

Imports set record last year despite COVID, and remain high

WASHINGTON — According to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released this month by the National Retail Federation (NRF) and Hackett Associates, imports seen during 2020 appear to be headed toward a new record despite the coronavirus pandemic, and remain at high levels as 2021 begins. “Nobody would have thought last spring that 2020 would

Retail imports remain strong after record-setting fall

Retail imports remain strong after record-setting fall

WASHINGTON – Retail imports remained strong in November, even after a record-setting July-through-October period when retailers were bringing in merchandise for the holiday season. Even with most holiday merchandise already in the country, November imports remained strong at an estimated 2.07 million Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units (TEU) – a 22.4% jump year-over-year and the fourth-busiest month

NRF: Retail imports to hit four-year low

NRF: Retail imports to hit four-year low

WASHINGTON – Imports at major U.S. retail container ports are expected to be at their lowest total in four years, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released Monday by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates. “The economy is recovering but retailers are being careful not to import more than they can sell,”