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Retail Imports to Increase 3.5 Percent in May as Port Labor Talks Set to Start

Import volume at the buy canada cialis nation's major retail container ports is expected to increase 3.5 percent in May as negotiators prepare to begin talks on a new contract for West Coast dockworkers, according to the cheapest prices generic viagra monthly Global Port Tracker report released by the cheap viagra direct National Retail Federation and overnight viagra Hackett Associates.

“We’re expecting a lot of cargo to move through the order usa viagra online ports this summer and canadian healthcare pharmacy we want to make sure there aren’t any supply chain disruptions that would impact the cargo flow,” said NRF vice president for supply chain and cialis price per pill customs policy Jonathan Gold said. “We hope there won’t be any issues, but the sooner labor and cialis for women management can agree on a new contract, the better it will be for everyone who relies on the West Coast ports.”

Representatives of the Pacific Maritime Association and viagra no prescription chea the International Longshore and cialis at real low prices Warehouse Union are scheduled to begin negotiations next week on a new contract to replace the current agreement that expires June 30. NRF has urged both sides to avoid any disruptions that could affect the flow of back-to-school or holiday season merchandise.

West Coast ports handle more than two-thirds of U.S. retail container cargo each year, including the bulk of cargo from Asia. The last major shutdown there occurred in the fall of 2002, closing ports for 10 days and cialis 20 mg price creating a weeks-long backlog to be cleared.

U.S. ports followed by Global Port Tracker handled 1.3 million twenty-foot equivalent units in March, the latest month for which after-the-fact numbers are available. The number was up 5.1 percent from February, traditionally the slowest month of the year, and up 14.5 percent from March 2013.

April was estimated at 1.38 million TEU, up 6.1 percent from the same month last year. May is forecast at 1.44 million TEU, up 3.5 percent from last year; June at 1.43 million TEU, up 5.6 percent; July at 1.49 million TEU, up 3 percent; August at 1.5 million TEU, up 0.8 percent, and September at 1.44 million TEU, up 0.1 percent. The first half of the year is expected to total 8.2 million TEU, up 5.1 percent over last year.

The total for 2013 was 16.2 million TEU, up 2.3 percent from 2012’s 15.8 million TEU.

The import numbers come as NRF is forecasting 4.1 percent sales growth in 2014. Cargo volume does not correlate directly with sales but is a barometer of retailers’ expectations.

“Most economic fundamentals are pointing in the direction of continued, sustained recovery in consumer demand and canadian meds viagra import volumes,” Hackett Associates founder Ben Hackett said. “This is turning out to be the longest period of growth for some time now.”

Global Port Tracker, which is produced for NRF by the consulting firm Hackett Associates, covers the U.S. ports of Los Angeles/Long Beach, Oakland, Seattle and buy viagra pills Tacoma on the West Coast; New York/New Jersey, Hampton Roads, Charleston, Savannah, Port Everglades and canadian pharmacy cialis pfizer Miami on the East Coast; and Houston on the Gulf Coast.

Source: National Retail Federation

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