Retail Container Volume Projected to See Increases in 2010, Breaking 31-month Slide

Second half of 2009 continues declines from 2008 levels, but "less bad" numbers point to early signs of industry turnaround, according to NRF/IHS Global Insight Port Tracker report


Washington — December 1, 2009 — Import cargo volume at the nation's major retail container ports could see its first year-over-year increases in more than two years beginning in early 2010, according to the latest monthly Port Tracker report from the National Retail Federation and IHS Global Insight.

"This could be the turnaround we've been waiting to see for a long time," said Jonathan Gold, vice president for supply chain and customs policy with the NRF. "There's not enough data yet to establish a clear trend, but we're hopeful that this is a sign of recovery."