Retail Container Traffic Expected to Grow 9 Percent in December

WASHINGTON--Import cargo volume at the nation's major retail container ports should increase nine percent this month, according to the latest Global Port Tracker report from the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates.

In addition, 2010 should end with a 17 percent in retail container traffic. To Jonathan Gold, NRF's vice president for supply chain and customs policy, this growth reflects "the nation's improving economy. We haven't fully recovered from the recession, and we still need more job creation to get consumer confidence back where it should be. But import levels have seen solid increases throughout the year, and we expect that to continue in 2011."

For October, the most recent month with available figures, U.S. ports handled 1.34 million 20-foot equivalent units, unchanged from September but up 13 percent from October 2009, and the eleventh month in a row with a year-over-year increase. The Global Port Tracker projected that November's volume would rise 15 percent over last year, and that January's volume should be up 8 percent from January 2010.

HFN Staff | News & Commentary

HFN provides detailed information on the key home classifications: Housewares, Tabletop, Floor Covering & Rugs, Furniture, Home Textiles, Lighting, Home Decor, Mattresses & Bedding, Gifts, Major Appliances and Consumer Electronics as well as Business, Finance and Retail.


Current Issue

  • HFN May digital issue


    May 2017

    COVER STORY: HFN Turns 90

    We commemorate HFN's 90th anniversary by paying tribute to the iconic retailer and supplier brands--and the people--that have helped the industry flourish, then and now.


    • Up & Coming Leaders - The home industry is in capable and visionary hands as this year’s 40 Under 40 list attests. Today’s young leaders span all disciplines and varied levels of operation.
    • Omnichannel Retailing - In the Mobile App World, Time is Money