ATLANTA, Georgia, March 16, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Descartes Systems Group (Nasdaq: DSGX) (TSX:DSG), the global leader in uniting logistics-intensive businesses in commerce, released its March report on the ongoing global shipping crisis and analysis for logistics and supply chain professionals. The report shows continued strong U.S. ocean container import volumes in February and strong economic indicators that, combined with recent geopolitical conflict, suggest continuing levels of disruption for global supply chains in 2022.

February continued the very strong start to 2022 with another record for container import volume (see Figure 1). Container import volume was down 3% from January 2022, but up 12% from January 2021 and 38% from February 2020. Considering that February this year was 3 days shorter than January, which equates to 9.7% fewer days to process shipments, it was actually a stronger import month than January. Another month effectively exceeding the 2.4 million container import mark indicates that the chronic supply chain disruptions (e.g., delays, variability, etc.) that importers and the logistics community have been experiencing are not abating in the short-term.

Figure 1. U.S. Container Import Volume Year-over-Year Comparison

Source: Descartes Datamyne™

“The latest reported personal consumption expenditures show strong demand for goods (see Figure 2), especially durable goods which rose 9.7%. This will put more pressure on the U.S. logistics infrastructure in 2022; however, the consistent increase in inflation and the Russia/Ukraine conflict could dampen demand but cause other challenges,” said Chris Jones, EVP Industry & Services at Descartes. “We believe importers and logistics services providers will face a congested, disrupted, expensive and frustrating 2022 and must strategically consider the longer-term impacts of the ongoing crisis in global shipping.”

Figure 2: Personal Consumption Metrics

Source: U.S. Federal Reserve Economic Data & Descartes

The March report is Descartes’ eighth installment since beginning its analysis in August 2021. To read past reports, learn more about the key economic and logistics factors driving the global shipping crisis, and review strategies to help address it in the near-, short- and long-term, visit Descartes’ Global Shipping Crisis Resource Center.

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Descartes (Nasdaq:DSGX) (TSX:DSG) is the global leader in providing on-demand, software-as-a-service solutions focused on improving the productivity, performance and security of logistics-intensive businesses. Customers use our modular, software-as-a-service solutions to route, schedule, track and measure delivery resources; plan, allocate and execute shipments; rate, audit and pay transportation invoices; access global trade data; file customs and security documents for imports and exports; and complete numerous other logistics processes by participating in the world's largest, collaborative multimodal logistics community. Our headquarters are in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada and we have offices and partners around the world. Learn more at, and connect with us on LinkedIn and Twitter.

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