Logistics, Transportation and Global Trade data can also be found in the non-commodity focused resources on the Multi-Inclusive Market page, in addition to coverage provided by the various bloggers, analysts, publications, and networking communities listed under Procurement Profession. Note the publications dedicated to Supply Chain.

Use for: open access gas prices

Here you can get national, state, and metro current, yesterday, week ago, month ago, and year ago gas price averages for regular, mid-grade, premium, and diesel grades. You can also compare states for prices. Frequently updated news articles provide insightful commentary. The Trends section lets you filter prices by most/least expensive and biggest/smallest change for state and metro regions by current, yesterday, week ago, month ago, and year ago averages. 

Use for: open access agriculture shipping data

As part of the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Transportation Services Division (TSD) assists agricultural shippers via market, regulatory and transportation disruption reports by tracking developments in truck, rail, barge, and ocean transportation that move food from farm to table and port to market. Examples of helpful research reports include: Grain Truck and Ocean Rate Advisory Quarterly Updates, Weekly Ocean Shipping Container Availability Report, and Agricultural Refrigerated Truck Quarterly Report (national and regional truck rates, diesel fuel prices, truck availability, and shipments).

Use for: news and research for shippers and carriers professionals managing international logistics and supply chains

American Shipper magazine was first published in 1974 to serve the information needs of shippers, carriers and third parties involved in international transportation and for executives managing international logistics and supply chains. This site is updated continuously with need-to-know news centering around trade compliance, shipping, and infrastructure. In July 2019, American Shipper was purchased by FrightWaves.

Use for: operational costs of trucking

The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) is part of the American Trucking Associations Federation, and is a not-for-profit research organization. Two focus areas of interest in the website’s Research section are Economic Analysis and Trucking Industry Operations. Popular reports are An Analysis of the Operational Costs of

Trucking, which provides average costs per mile data, average costs per hour, and cost breakouts by industry sector, as well as Critical Issues in the Trucking Industry.

Use for: rail traffic data (Carload and Intermodal), cost indexes, industry statistics

The Weekly Railroad Traffic report provides Carload data which is classified into 20 major commodity categories such as coal, chemicals, grain, and primary metal products. Real Time Indicators is a monthly report that combines rail traffic data with more than 15 key economic indicators, looking at key trends that can reveal where the economy and rail traffic may be going. The Freight Commodity Statistics report provides annual traffic data. The rail cost indexes include: Railroad Cost Recovery Index (RCR), Rail Cost Adjustment Factor (RCAF), All-Inclusive Index Less Fuel (AII-LF), and Index of Monthly Railroad Fuel Prices. Reports and Indexes are free for AAR members and are available for purchase by non-AAR members through AAR’s online catalog. 

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. The data and analysis offers useful insights to help shippers and carriers plan their future business strategies. Presented is an overview of the economy during the previous year, the logistics industry’s key trends, and total U.S. logistics costs. The State of Logistics Report is widely used by supply chain management and logistics professionals and organizations as a source for US logistics activity benchmarks. Open access. 

Use for: import and export trade activity

Datamyne covers the import and export trade activity of more than 50 countries, including U.S. trade with over 230 markets. Datamyne's sourcing data tracks market trends in commodities and production inputs, identifies and evaluates competitive sources around the world, finds and qualifies overseas trading partners, and monitors cross-border supplier relationships. It is known for its quality of data, cleansing of data, and strong customer support. Subscription-based.

Use for: comprehensive background information on global trade

The Dictionary of International Trade is an invaluable resource for learning about global trade. The book is actually one-third dictionary and two-thirds encyclopedia. Important features include: Security Section covering C-TPAT, FAST, PAPS, PARS, 24-Hour Rule and more; Guide to Outsourcing; Illustrated Guides to Ocean Freight Containers; Air Freight Containers, Truck Trailers, and Railcars; Supply Chain Security section; International Contracts; WTP Illustrated Guide to Incoterms® 2010; 24 page Guide to Cargo Insurance; and International Standards Organizations listing. The Resources for International Trade and Web Resources sections are particularly helpful with detailed, comprehensive lists of books, directories, periodicals, reports, and websites.

Use for: authoritative insight, trends, and analysis for 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, Logistics Management, Multimodal Transport, Ship Operations and Management, Specialized Shipping, and General Shipping. Annual reports feature complete annual assessments of ship operating costs for the previous year in focus accompanied by five year predictions. 

Use for: open access month-to-month changes in freight shipments by mode of transportation

The Transportation Services Index (TSI), created by the US Department of Transportation (US DOT), Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS), measures the movement of freight and passengers. “The Freight TSI measures the month-to-month changes in freight shipments by mode of transportation in tons and ton-miles, which are combined into one index. The index measures the output of the for-hire freight transportation industry and consists of data from for-hire trucking, rail, inland waterways, pipelines, and air freight.” 

Use for: freight quote comparisons, tarriff management and landed cost analysis

The Freightos marketplace allows you to search across dozens of air, ocean and trucking freight shipping companies for the best quote, with live pricing, transit time and forwarder reviews in addition to online booking capability and 24/7 live support. For enterprise shipping, Freightos' solution covers tariff management, landed costs, logistics analytics, and invoice auditing components. The Freightos Baltic Index (FBX): Global Container Freight Index provides freight prices and trends from the world’s largest freight rate database. As a bonus, free freight shipping tools are available including an HS Code lookup, an interactive airport and seaport directory, a freight density calculator, and Incoterms In Plain English

Use for: freight market news, market analysis, education and thought leadership, risk management

Founded in 2016, FreightWaves provides market participants with near-time analytics on the state of the freight market. Partnering with large and important data providers in the freight marketplace, they aggregate hundreds of sources and use the information to understand and model near-time changes and impacts to the freight market. Insights, commentary and news are published (many for free) through their FreightWaves.com site. The SONAR platform will soon make available "market maps," indices, commentary, and analytics for freight market participants. Their BiTA platform provides access to technical and markets forums, education, thought leadership, standards, and certifications for the freight market. In the works are hedging and risk management tools in the form of listed futures contracts. 

Use for: forecasting and market analysis for freight transportation

FTR is a freight transportation intelligence company. FTR provides subscription services to freight and equipment focused reports and databases. Equipment Focus forecasting publications include Truck and Trailer Outlook, Rail Equipment Outlook and Freight Focus publications include Shippers Update, Trucking Update, Intermodal Update, and Rail Update. State of Freight Insights provide commentary and analysis on key issues on transport economics. Sample reports can be downloaded. Also produced are the FTR's Trucking Conditions Index and FTR's Shippers Conditions Index. FTR's freight market data forecasting tool, Freight-cast, was developed by estimating the movement of (virtually) all items with weight in the economy, measuring several critical movements of freight transportation in the United States. 

Use for: properly classifying codes for intermational trade

Using the Official Harmonized Tariff Schedule, you can access the most recent online versions of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTSA). It provides the applicable tariff rates and statistical categories for all merchandise imported into the United States, and is based on the international Harmonized System, the standardized coding of names and numbers for international trade. Nearly 200 countries, representing 98 percent of world trade, use the code. This schedule is important for procurement professionals to use to avoid problems and higher costs associated with improperly classified products.

Use for: overview of Incoterms rules; how to obtain 2020 edition

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 published by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and are widely used in international commercial transactions. On the ICC Incoterms website is a link to the full official text of the 2020 rules. 

Use for: open access international trade flow indicators on export performance, international demand, alternative markets and competitive markets

Trade Map was developed by the International Trade Centre UNCTAD/WTO (ITC) and provides detailed statistical information on international trade flows. Trade Map provides, in the form of tables, graphs and maps, indicators on export performance, international demand, alternative markets and competitive markets, as well as a directory of importing and exporting companies. Trade Map covers 220 countries and territories and 5300 products of the Harmonized System. The monthly, quarterly and yearly trade flows are available from the most aggregated level to the tariff line level. Trade map provides strategic market information useful for procurement by addressing questions around tariff barriers in specific markets, which countries compete in specific markets, and availability of alternative sources of supply, to name a few examples. The interface is easy to use, data is retrieved quickly, and the charts and graphs are visually pleasing.

Use for: scholarly research on logistics and supply chain management theory

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, carrier service reliability, port and trade lane volume

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. The various spot prices and indices are collected from third-party sources such as U.S. Energy Information Administration, China Containerized Freight Index (CCFI), Drewry, PIERS, and IHS Maritime and Trade, to name a few. Data is updated weekly, monthly or quarterly depending on the data set (website). A paid subscription is required for access.

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 analysis, news headlines, and market outlooks, in addition to tracking the world’s tankers, global gas fleets, dry bulk fleet with movements, AIS mapping, vessel characteristics, and company details. Areas of focus include LNG (liquefied natural gas), Dry Balk, Insurance, Law and Regulation, and Credit. Subscription-based.

Use for: open access visualization tool for internatianl trade data

Based on Alexander Simoes' Master Thesis in Media Arts and Sciences at the MIT Media Lab, the Observatory of Economic Complexity is a tool that allows users to quickly compose a visual narrative about countries and the products they exchange. The observatory provides access to bilateral trade data for roughly 200 countries, 50 years and 1000 different products of the SITC4 revision 2 classification. All of the product data shown on the site is classified using either SITC (Standard International Trade Classification) or HS (Harmonized System). 

Use for: import and export data at the detailed, bill-of-lading level

PIERS, now part of IHS Markit, is the pioneer in trade data and has been the standard go-to source for years. 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. You can evaluate suppliers based on records that show volumes, product lines, shipment values and shipping history. Subscription-based.

Use for: open access news and industry intelligence focusing on transportation, distribution, logistics, and supply chain

Supply Chain 24/7 is an online business resource for transportation, distribution, logistics, and supply chain professionals. Peerless Media brings together all the latest open access from their flagship publications Logistics Management, Modern Materials Handling, Supply Chain Management Review, and Material Handling Product News. For other excellent Supply Chain-focused publications see Online and Print Magazines and Journals.

Use for: public access international trade statistics data detailed by commodities/service categories and partner countries

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 the United Nations Statistics Division with their annual international trade statistics data detailed by commodities/service categories and partner countries. These data are subsequently transformed into the United Nations Statistics Division standard format with consistent coding and valuation using the processing system. All commodity values are converted from national currency into US dollars using exchange rates supplied by the reporter countries, or derived from monthly market rates and volume of trade. A good place to start if you are a new user is at the Knowledgebase page. Here, helpful links are provided that explain the various coding systems and how the use the database. 

Use for: open access US export and import statistics, regulations, trade balances,

Foreign Trade is the official source for US export and import statistics and is responsible for issuing regulations governing the reporting of all export shipments from the United States. You can find import or export statistics, information on export regulations, commodity classifications, and other trade-related topics. 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, market movements, and intelligence

Xeneta offers intelligence and provides insight into ocean freight spot market rates;, provides advanced graphs and data visualization to discover untapped potential in ocean freight spend, an index-linked contracting offering (Xeneta Shipping Index - XSI) that allows all parties to set rates at transparent prices that directly follow market fluctuations. A companion report gives an indication of the global market movements focusing on the long-term market for the biggest regions in the world.

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