Trade Lanes

Trade Lanes

An overview of container trade, container lines and shipping line news.

Commentary

As we approach the TPM Conference in March, it’s hard to recall any year in the 15 years of this event when the industry was more unsettled, more dissatisfied and more uncertain of what the future holds. Such is the result of a monumentally troublesome 2014, when shippers and their providers absorbed more broadsides from more directions and with less notice than any year in memory.

News & Analysis

23 Jan 2015
After five years of strength in the southbound leg, the weakening value of the real is generating strong demand for Brazilian exports.
23 Jan 2015
Spot rates on the Asia-North Europe trade surged to $1,256 per 20-foot container as carriers levied January general rates increases and volumes grew in the build up to Chinese New Year, according to the latest reading of the Shanghai Containerized Freight Index (SCFI).
APL Gwangyang at Port of Singapore
21 Jan 2015
It will be “better luck” this year for loss-making Neptune Orient Lines as plummeting bunker fuel prices give a huge boost to the company’s cost savings drive, according to investment bankers DBS Vickers.
Port of Rotterdam
19 Jan 2015
Among the world’s largest trade lanes, the trans-Atlantic rarely grabs the headlines, but it can still spring a surprise. Final figures aren’t in yet, but the route grew faster than its larger east-west rivals and the much-hyped north-south trades through most of 2014.
Hapag-Lloyd Chicago Express in Hong Kong
19 Jan 2015
Hapag-Lloyd today became the latest carrier to implement a general rate increase — of $850 per TEU — in the Far East-Europe trade just days after rivals were due to hike rates on the world’s biggest liner route. However, rates could fall to levels not seen since 2011 when carriers cut their bunker adjustment factors in February, a London-based derivatives broker says.
19 Jan 2015
Asian countries dominated the 2015 Agility Emerging Markets Logistics Index released today with four nations ranked in the top 10 emerging markets – China, Indonesia, India and Malaysia.
19 Jan 2015
Low bunker fuel prices are helping container shipping line balance sheets, but another impact will be improved schedule reliability as carriers can afford to speed up vessels to make up time lost to rising congestion at many ports around the world.
16 Jan 2015
Spot rates on the Asia-U.S. East Coast rose to their highest level in more than a year, suggesting that the rapidly deteriorating labor talks on the West Coast are driving cargo owners in search of alternative gateways.
13 Jan 2015
China’s exports in 2014 recorded the second slowest growth since the country joined the World Trade Organisation in 2001, rising just 6.1percent as overall trade growth for the year slumped to 3.4 percent.
CSCL Globe at Port of Felixstowe
08 Jan 2015
Asia-Europe is sure to be the most exciting liner route in 2015 as it faces an influx of the world’s largest container vessels, head-to-head battles between new and expanding carrier alliances, volatile freight rates and an accelerating shift from long-term contracts to spot market deals.