Strong consumer demand produced record import volume in August and near-record imports are projected for October, which will close out a busy peak-shipping season, according to the National Retail Federation. Beneficial cargo owners can anticipate a soft rate environment during the post-holiday shipping slump in November to December, and into the service contracting season in the eastbound Pacific next spring, because of lingering overcapacity. https://www.joc.com/regulation-policy/trade-data/united-states-trade-data/us-imports-forecast-hit-near-record-october_20171010.html
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