The summer import season usually improves as retailers import cargo for what has, in recent years, become another mini-peak season: back-to-school shopping.
Some of the school staples fell in the July import statistics, suggesting that retailers are being cautious in their buying, because many schools will begin the year teaching remotely.
U.S. imports of childrens’ footwear fell more than 44%, and apparel fell more than 29%. Shipments of backpacks were up more than 5% in July.
Laptop imports rose more than 6% last month, driven by demand from remote learning and working from home.