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Datamyne Blog

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

Category Archive: Markets

Fresh from the Southern Hemisphere

Category: Imports, Markets

South America starts shipping grapes to the winter-bound north The season has just begun, but forecasters are projecting a bumper crop of fruit exports from South America, led by grapes. Grapes are the second-ranked (by value) fruit import in the U.S. (Bananas top the list.) In the summer, the States’ imported…

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Mining for Trade Answers

Miami Herald finds Datamyne delivers on toughest questions “It is really hard to find good sources of information on companies by product,” Charlotte Gallogly, president of World Trade Center Miami, tells The Miami Herald. What companies want, for example, “are the names of 10 buyers that buy a particular type of…

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Americas Forum Convenes

Cross-border conference aims to boost the hemisphere’s competitiveness  Representatives of 34 countries in the Western Hemisphere (including U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke) gather in Atlanta November 14 through 16 for the Americas Competitiveness Forum (ACF) IV. The annual forum is designed to provide a platform for public-…

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A Cassava by Any Other Name

Yuca, manioc, tapioca … it’s still one versatile tuber Cassava (manihot esculenta) is getting a lot of attention as a pro-poor biofuel that could be a comer in the international ethanol market. But the tropical plant’s starchy root has myriad uses and figures prominently in many countries’ export trade. A…

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Pro-Poor Biofuel

Category: Markets

Side-stepping the food-or-fuel choice by cultivating cassava It seemed like a good idea at the time: Reduce greenhouse-gas emissions and start weaning the gasoline-dependent by phasing in (with a mix of subsidies and mandates) the use of ethanol as motor fuel. The sudden surge in demand for corn for fuel…

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Free Report: Bamboo Flooring

Category: Imports, Markets, Trade Data

Top sources, consignees, carriers, ports for U.S. imports of the product from China Last week, we wrote about how it can take time for the Harmonized System of tariff codes to catch up with new-to-market products – our case in point: bamboo flooring, which was introduced in the 1990s, selling…

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Bamboo Repurposed, Recoded

New uses for a renewable resource create new markets, but challenge HS codes Bamboo has become the flooring of choice for those who aspire to a luxe decor that’s also eco-friendly. Made from a rapidly-renewable resource, bamboo floors can earn points under the United States Green Building Council’s LEED…

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Verify, Trust

The ISO celebrates the standards that make the world accessible. Today (October 14) is World Standards Day. The ISO, the International Organization for Standardization, along with the ITU (International Telecommunications Union) and IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission), is taking the opportunity to pay tribute to the thousands of experts worldwide who…

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America’s Top (Ag) Export

U.S. growers want to open more markets to soybeans It’s the time of year when U.S. soybean growers are asked to send in samples to provide a preview of new-crop soybean quality for international purchasers. Growers underwrite the cost of the annual quality survey with the “soybean checkoff,” an…

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