Journal of Commerce--Imports through top U.S. container ports in September will likely be up 16 percent from a year earlier but will decline from an unusually early peak month in July, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report.

October is the traditional peak month of the annual shipping season as retailers bring in merchandise for the holiday season. Many companies shipped early this year to avoid delays like those they encountered early this year when carrier cutbacks produced tight vessel capacity and shortages of containers. Read more!