west coast ports, imports, NRF

As retailers work to stock up for the back-to-school and holiday shopping seasons, July and August could be record-setting months for imports, according to a report from the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates.

“We’re expecting retailers to import some of the largest volumes of merchandise ever,” said Jonathan Gold, NRF’s vp/supply chain and customs policy. “That’s a good indicator of what could be ahead for consumer demand and retail sales, and it’s a sign that retail is going strong despite what you might read in the headlines.”

Ports covered by Global Port Tracker handled 1.72 million twenty-foot equivalent units in May, the latest month for which after-the-fact…