Obama's export initiative won't change container routes

President Obama's plan to double exports from 2010 to 2014 will have no significant impact on the shape of the container routes, as the target won't be reached, writes Drewry in an analysis.

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An ambitious growth initiative from the American President Obama won't change the distribution of routes for container shipping. The goal of doubling the country's export from 2010 to 2014 will fall way short the target, writes Drewry in an analysis.

"However laudable, the failure of President Obama’s export initiative emphasises how difficult it is to centrally engineer a recovery and has not reduced the US container imbalance between exports and imports. For the container industry, US export markets will remain second-fiddle to the headhaul import trades for the foreseeable future," writes Drewry.

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