Imports at major US retail container ports are expected to dip slightly this month, but that’s the result of annual Asian factory shutdowns for Lunar New Year rather than new tariffs on steel and aluminium imposed this week, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released today by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates.
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Antwerp and Dakar port authorities are to collaborate more closely in the next few years.