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Datamyne Blog

Covering trade & transport, with tips on using import-export data to advantage

Oyster Po’boys Are off the Menu

Prices rise as buyers stockpile Gulf seafood Expecting shortages as the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill continued to spread in the Gulf of Mexico, seafood purveyors rushed to stockpile and helped drive up the prices of shrimp and oysters. Now, as the Independent of Lafayette, La., reports, restaurateurs are…

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Closely Watched Ship

Taicang Dragon inaugurates TCC’s no-frills transpacific service Norwegian carrier The Containership Company (TCC) launched its new port-to-port service with the first of the start-up’s five vessels arriving May 2 at the Port of Los Angeles laden with cargo from Taicang in China. Fireboats shot streams of water to herald the inaugural…

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Reading Tea Leaves

Yerba maté arrives in Hamburg … and a hackers convention in New York Forget coffee or green tea … have a latte made from a South American shrub, a species of holly (Ilex paraguariensis), actually. Yerba maté bars are springing up in Starbucks territory, the Pacific Northwest, reports NPR. The…

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Frankie & Johnny’s Sues BP

The slick spreads, fishing is banned, legal claims multiply The U.S. Department of Commerce National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) yesterday extended the boundaries of the area closed to fishing in the Gulf of Mexico to include 45,728 square miles, or about 19% of Gulf’s federal waters. The extended…

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Risky Business

Why exporting is outside many companies’ comfort zone By Bill Armbruster The results are in, and the risks have it. 37 people responded to the question in my last blog about the biggest obstacle to exporting. The results were: 4 Fear of the unknown 2 The credit crunch 5 Transportation bottlenecks 7 Red tape 12 Too…

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Braving the Risks

Category: Exports, Trade Policy

The U.S. Census Bureau profiles 288,700 exporters A profile of U.S. companies that exported to one or more countries 2007-2008 has just been released by the U.S. Census Bureau. The report provides general information on companies that braved the risks of doing cross-border business (see the related Risky Business)…

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Fresh Outlook

Category: Imports, Indicators

U.S. imports will include more fresh veggies and, especially, fruit The U.S. Department of Agriculture current Long-Term Projection foresees U.S. agricultural import values rising to US$106 billion in fiscal year 2019, compared with US$79.3 billion in 2008. Strong growth in “horticultural imports” (fruits and nuts and vegetables) accounts for…

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