Port Tracker: Container traffic down 4% for 2008
August 8, 2008,
The silver lining, noted Jonathan Gold, NRF vp for supply chain and customs policy, is the volume drop shows the results of retailers’ efforts “to keep inventory as tight as possible in order to keep supply and demand in balance.” Gold pointed out, “If merchants can avoid having excess merchandise on hand it means they can avoid the need for unplanned markdowns to clear their shelves, especially after the holiday season.”
The U.S. ports covered by Port Tracker are Los Angeles/Long Beach, Oakland, Seattle and Tacoma on the West Coast; New York/New Jersey, Hampton Roads, Charleston and Savannah on the East Coast, and Houston on the Gulf Coast.
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