US box imports show no sign of slowing

The new round of tariffs implemented by China and the US last month are not so far dimming US box imports, with importers apparently unable to quickly or easily change their sourcing patterns.

Earlier reports judged that importers had front-loaded during the peak season to avoid last month’s tariffs, but according to the latest monthly Global Port Tracker report produced by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates, imports at major US retail container ports are now expected to remain at near-record levels this month.