Logistics, Transportation, and Trade 

  • Additional Logistics Resources

    Use for: locating additional data on ProcureSearch Site

    Logistics, Transportation, and Trade data can also be found in resources on the Multi-Inclusive Market page, including the Supply Market Intelligence Indices. Also note supply chain publications and organizations in Procurement Profession.

  • Use for: open access agriculture shipping data

    Examples of helpful research here includes: Grain Truck and Ocean Rate Advisory Quarterly Updates, Weekly Ocean Shipping Container Availability Report, and Agricultural Refrigerated Truck Quarterly Report (rates, fuel prices).

  • 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.

  • Use for: operational costs of trucking 

    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. 

  • Use for: blockchain standards in logistics

    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.

  • Use for: compare real-time prices for air cargo 

    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. 

  • Use for: benchmarking US logistics activity

    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. 

  • Use for: import and export trade activity

    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.

  • Use for: monthly changes in freight shipments 

    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.

  • Freightos

    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.

  • FTR 

    Use for: forecasting and market analysis 

    FTR is a freight transportation intelligence company. Equipment Focus and Freight Focus publications are offered along with FTR's Trucking Conditions Index and FTR's Shippers Conditions Index. 

  • Use for: properly classifying codes for trade

    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. 

  • Use for: shipping analysis, news, and tracking

    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.

  • Use for: open access visualization for trade data

    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. 

  • Use for: ocean freight benchmarking

    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).