Use for: international logistics research and news
American Shipper magazine was first published in 1974 and today its site is updated continuously with need-to-know news around trade compliance, shipping, and infrastructure. In 2019, American Shipper was purchased by FreightWaves.
The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) is part of the American Trucking Associations Federation and is a non-profit research organization. A popular report: An Analysis of the Operational Costs of Trucking (cost breakouts).
Use for: rail traffic data, cost indices, industry statistics
Weekly, monthly and annual traffic data is provided along with these rail cost indexes: Railroad Cost Recovery Index (RCR), Rail Cost Adjustment Factor (RCAF), All-Inclusive Index Less Fuel (AII-LF), and Index of Monthly Railroad Fuel Prices.
Founded in August 2017, the Blockchain In Transport Alliance's (BiTA) develops industry standards, educates members and others on blockchain applications/solutions and distributed ledger technology and encourages adoption of new solutions.
Representing the evolving B2B marketplace niche trend, air cargo booking platform Cargo.one allows users to compare real-time prices and available capacities of multiple airlines, then book. It recently raised more than three million dollars.
The annual Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) State of Logistics Report, authored by A.T. Kearney, tracks and measures all costs associated with moving freight through the U.S. supply chain since 1988.
Descartes Datamyne currently covers the trade of some 50 countries across 5 continents. Datamyne's sourcing data tracks market trends in commodities and production inputs and qualifies overseas trading partners. It's known for quality data.
Use for: comprehensive background info on global trade
The Dictionary of International Trade is an invaluable resource for learning about global trade. The book is one-third dictionary and two-thirds encyclopedia. There are too many topics to try to summarize - trust me. It's an industry standard.
Use for: authoritative shipping rates and logistics
Drewry Maritime Research provides insight, trends, and analysis for shipping rates and logistics. Sectors covered include Container Shipping, Ports and Terminals, Tanker Shipping, Gas Shipping, Dry Bulk Shipping and more.
The Transportation Services Index (TSI), created by the US Department of Transportation and Bureau of Transportation Statistics, measures the movement of freight and passengers by mode of transportation. Open Access.
Use for: freight quote comparisons, tariff management
The Freightos marketplace allows you to search across freight shipping companies for the best quote. The Freightos Baltic Index (FBX): Global Container Freight Index provides freight prices and trends. The free freight shipping tools are excellent.
Use for: freight news, market analysis and forecasting
FreightWaves provides market participants with near-time analytics on the state of the freight market. They aggregate hundreds of sources to model near-time changes to the freight market. SONAR is their freight forecasting platforms.
Here you can access the most recent online versions of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTSA). Procurement professionals use this to avoid problems and higher costs associated with improperly classified products.
Use for: rules for international commercial transactions
Incoterms (an abbreviation for International Commercial Terms) are a set of rules “which define the responsibilities of sellers and buyers for the delivery of goods under sales contracts.” They are widely used in international commercial transactions.
Use for: open access international trade flow indicators
Trade Map was developed by the International Trade Centre UNCTAD/WTO (ITC) and provides, in the form of tables, graphs and maps, indicators on export performance, international demand, alternative markets and competitive markets.
Use for: scholarly research on logistics and supply chain
The Journal of Business Logistics is a peer-reviewed academic journal and is produced by the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals. It focuses on logistics and supply chain management theory.
Use for: container, intermodal and truck spot pricing
The pricing data for container shipping, US truck and intermodal rail, and industrial real estate found here allows shippers and transport providers to more accurately benchmark and forecast for their supply chains.
Lloyd’s List Intelligence is founded on the heritage of Lloyd’s List, which is a daily shipping newspaper that started in 1734. Intelligence coverage provides market outlooks, in addition to tracking the world’s tankers, global gas and dry bulk fleets.
Based on Alexander Simoes' Master Thesis at the MIT Media Lab, the Observatory of Economic Complexity (OEC) is a tool that allows users to quickly compose a visual narrative about countries and the products they exchange.
Use for: import and export data at bill-of-lading level
PIERS, now part of IHS Markit, is the pioneer in trade data. PIERS converts raw records of U.S. imports and exports into data, which lets you see the amount of traffic through ports and the quantity of shipments from suppliers.
Use for: open access news and industry intelligence
Supply Chain 24/7 is an online business resource for transportation, distribution, logistics, and supply chain professionals where Peerless Media brings together all the latest open access from their flagship publications.
Use for: public access international trade statistics
UN Comtrade is the United Nations International Trade Statistics Database and it is the largest depository of international trade data, offering public and premium data. Over 170 reporter countries/areas provide data.
Use for: US export and import statistics - trade balances
Foreign Trade is the official source for US export and import statistics. The Data section provides Trade Highlights (key and current statistics), Balance by Partner Country, Country/Product Trade, and State Trade by Commodity and Country.
Xeneta provides insight into ocean freight spot market rates, provides advanced graphs and data visualization to discover untapped potential in ocean freight spend, and an index-linked contracting offering (Xeneta Shipping Index - XSI).