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Global Economic Statistics and Trade Dynamics

JOC (Journal of Commerce)

A provider of global intelligence for trade, transportation and logistics professionals. Its brands include The Journal of Commerce, PIERS: The Port Import/Export Reporting Service and a number of directory databases covering the international trade, railroad and trucking markets.


PIERS (The Port Import/Export Reporting Service)

A brand of JOC Group, headquartered in Newark, NJ with multiple offices throughout the United States, Asia, and Europe. JOC Group is a division of IHS Inc. Founded in the mid-1970s, PIERS was the first venture into digital global trade intelligence/ PIERS gathers raw import Bills of Lading for all waterborne cargo vessels that enter and exit ports in the United States, sourced by U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Additionally, PIERS staff reporters manually collect export Bills of Lading from each port in the United States.



A privately held corporation that provides access to a searchable database of import-export trade of 50 countries across five continents. Datamyne’s trade data is collected from the documents of import-export transactions filed with customs authorities and trade ministries.
The trade data is used to develop commercial intelligence for businesses – principally in the transport sector that supports trade, and in vertical industries that operate on a global footing, such as chemicals, mining, food and beverage, and apparel.



BIMCO (Baltic and International Maritime Council)

The largest of the international shipping associations representing shipowners; its membership controls around 65 percent of the world’s tonnage and it has members in more than 120 countries, including managers, brokers and agents. The association’s main objective is to protect its global membership through the provision of information and advice, and while promoting fair business practices, facilitate harmonisation and standardization of commercial shipping practices and contracts


World Bank

An international financial institution that provides loans to countries of the world for capital programs. It comprises two institutions: the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), and the International Development Association (IDA). The World Bank is a component of the World Bank Group.


USDA (United States Department of Agriculture)

The U.S. federal executive department responsible for developing and executing federal laws related to farming, agriculture, forestry, and food. It aims to meet the needs of farmers and ranchers, promote agricultural trade and production, work to assure food safety, protect natural resources, foster rural communities and end hunger in the United States and internationally.


US Grains Council

The U.S. Grains Council develops export markets for U.S. barley, corn, grain sorghum and related products, including ethanol and distiller's dried grains with solubles (DDGS). Founded in 1960, the Council is a private, non-profit corporation with 10 international offices and programs in more than 50 countries. Its unique membership includes producer organizations and agribusinesses with a common interest in developing export markets.