west coast ports, imports, NRF

Import levels at the nation’s major ports continue to grow with August expected to be the busiest month on record, according to the National Retail Federation.

“Retailers are selling more and that means they need to import more,” said Jonathan Gold, vp/supply chain and customs policy, NRF. “With sales showing year-over-year increases almost every month for a long time now, retail supply chains are working hard to keep up. These latest numbers are a good sign of what retailers expect in terms of consumer demand over the next few months.”

Ports covered by Global Port Tracker handled 1.69 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU) in June, the latest month for which after-the-fact numbers are available. That was down 2% from…