Georgia Logistics compiles a monthly set of facts and figures regarding the Logistics Markets. We selected a few facts to share with you :-
Gross Domestic Product: The U.S. GDP decreased 1% in the first quarter of 2014 according to the second preliminary estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis.
U.S. Trade Deficit: The U.S. trade deficit increased by 6.9% in April to $47.2 billion. Exports fell 0.2% to $193.3 billion and imports rose 1.2% to $240.6 billion.
Consumer Confidence: The Consumer Confidence Index increased to 83.0 in March 2014, up 1.3 points from the previous month.
Unemployment Rate: The unemployment rate in America remained at 6.3% in May 2014 as there were 217,000 net new jobs.
Leading Economic Index: The Leading Economic Index for the U.S. increased 0.4% in April to 101.4 (2004=100), following at 1% increase in March and a 0.5% increase in February.
Retail Sales: Retail and food service sales rose in May to $437.6 billion, up 0.3% from the previous month, and up 4.3% above May 2013. Non-store retailer sales were up 7.4% from last year.
Manufacturing & Trade Sales: Total combined sales and manufacturing shipments totaled nearly $1.34 Trillion in April 2014, up 0.7% from March and up 5.4% from the previous year.
Manufacturing & Trade Inventory: Total value of inventory on hand is estimated at $1.73 Trillion in April 2014, up 0.6% from March and up 5.0% from April 2013.
Housing Starts: In April, housing starts rose 13.2% to an annual rate of 1,072,000 units. Building permits (an indicator of future housing starts) rose 8.0% to an annual rate of 1,080,000. Year-over-year, housing starts and building permits in April increased 26.4% and 3.8%, respectively.
Consumer & Producer Price Index: The consumer price index for all urban consumers increased 0.3% in April from the previous month. Over the last 12 months, the all items index increased 1.8%. The producer price index for finished goods fell 0.2% in May from the previous month. Prices for finished goods rose 2% over the previous year.
Dow Jones Transportation Index: Dow Jones Transportation index rose 6.3% during the month of May.
NASDAQ Transportation Index: NASDAQ Transportation Index increased 9.3% in May.
DOT Freight Transportation Index: The USDOT's freight transportation services index rose 0.4% in April 2014. The index’s reading of 117.6 was up 4.8% from April 2013.
Cass Freight Index: The May shipments index rose 1% over the previous month and rose 3.6% year-over-year. The May expenditures index rose 1.1% for the month, and increased 11.2% year-over-year.
Import Volumes: In April, the U.S. imported about $240.6 billion of cargo. April U.S. imports rose 1.2% in terms of value from March, and rose 5.4% year-over-year.
Export Volumes: In April, the U.S. exported more than $193.3 billion of cargo. April U.S. exports have decreased 0.2% in terms of value over the previous month and rose 3.0% year-over-year.
Import & Export Price Index: U.S. import prices rose 0.1% in May. Import prices rose 0.4% over the past year. The price index for U.S. exports rose 0.1% in May. Export prices increased 0.5% year-over-year.
Multimodal News Clips:
U.S. Freight Rail Traffic: Railroad bulk carload freight in May 2014 rose 1.3% from April 2014. Freight traffic in May rose 6.1% from May 2013. Carloads excluding coal increased 8.2% over the previous year.
Railroad Fuel Price Index: The index of average railroad fuel prices in April was 615.1, up 2.2% from the previous month and 2.2% higher year-over-year.
Class 1 Railroad Employment: Railroad employment in April 2014 increased by 1,321 employees to 164,289 employees. Total Class 1 rail employment in April increased 0.8%, year-over-year.
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Truckload Freight: The spot market for truckload freight in May fell 2.1% compared to the previous month, and was 48% higher year-over-year. Truck capacity rose 6.4% for the month, and was up 1.4% year-over-year
Diesel Prices: U.S. average diesel prices fell 2.6¢ to $3.89 per gallon last week. The U.S. average diesel price was 4.3¢ higher than the same week last year. The average price of diesel in the lower Atlantic states was $3.89 per gallon.
Truck Orders: Orders for heavy-duty Class 8 trucks in North America are expected to total 26,605 units in May 2014. May orders were 6.2% higher than the previous month and 14% higher year-over-year. Class 8 truck orders have now had 16 consecutive months of year-over-year increases.
Trucking News Clips:
Atlanta Air Cargo Traffic: In April, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport transported 48,675 metric tons of cargo, an 8% decrease from the previous month and a 3.3% decrease year-over-year.
Air Freight Price Index: In April, the index of East-West air cargo rates rose 1.5% from the previous month, and was 5.5% higher year-over-year. The average price of air cargo leaving the United States in April stood at $3.38 per kilogram.
Air Freight News Clips:
Air freight volumes at airports around the world rose 4.8% in April, year-over-year. North American air freight experienced the largest regional increase, rising 6.1% over the previous April. Global air cargo activity has increased 3.7% YTD
Import Volumes: Import volume through major U.S. container ports is expected to surge 7.5% in June over the same month last year as retailers prepare for potential disruptions surrounding the expiring West Coast Port’s labor contract. In April, the latest month for which numbers are available, U.S. container ports handled 1.43 million TEUs, a 9.9% increase from the previous month and a 10.3% increase from the same month last year. Total U.S. containerized imports are expected to increase 6.5% in the first half of 2014.
Shanghai Containerized Freight Index: The June 6th SCFI comprehensive reading was $1,088 per FEU; up 10.8% year-over-year. The spot rate for shipments to the U.S. East Coast was $3,286 per FEU, up 5.9% from the previous year.
Ocean Bulk Freight Rates: The Baltic Dry Index remained steady in May, ending at 934. The BDI has risen 7.5% during the first half of June.
Ocean Freight Business News:
The president’s signing of the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014 has authorized construction for the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project. The State of Georgia will develop an agreement with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to define how the costs of the project, estimated at $706 million, will be shared between the state and federal government. Georgia has already set aside $266 million towards construction and will be able to begin construction this year.
The number of idle containerships is decreasing. There are currently 45 containerships of over 5,000 TEUs that have been idle for more than six months, including 31 units idle for over 12 months. At least 20 ships that have been idle for over four months are to be reactivated soon, amounting to 80,000 TEUs.
The Georgia Ports Authority agreed to an $86.5 million purchase of four new ship-to-shore cranes and 20 new rubber-tired gantry cranes. The four new cranes should arrive in February of 2016, bringing the number of super post-Panamax and post-Panamax cranes to 29.
WAREHOUSING & DISTRIBUTION:
Warehouse Rent Rates: In Q1 2014, warehouse and distribution rental rates in the US averaged $5.40 per square foot, equal to the rent rates in the previous quarter. Rental rates for warehouse space averaged $3.77 per square foot in Atlanta.
Industrial Absorption: Net absorption in the US during Q1 2014 totaled nearly +45.7 million square feet. Atlanta’s overall absorption during the 1Q was +2.7 million square feet.
W&D Business News:
Warehouse operations and their efficiency are a key to any company that deals with freight, shipping and inventories. When efficiency lags behind however, orders are lost and things get out of control.
eft, a reputable business intelligence organization in the logistics sector, will hold its annual CSCO Forum and 3PL Summit in logistics hotspot Venlo-Venray in 2015.
With commoditization being a major topic for 3PLs, and the nature of the 3PL-customer relationship forming an integral part of their strategy, eft recently conducted some research into the area.