Trade Lanes

In-depth news and analysis of the world's major shipping trade lanes including the trans-Atlantic, trans-Pacific, Asia-Europe and more. The container line landscape is constantly evolving as market dynamics present new challenges to the industry. See how the companies involved have changed as a result of mergers and acquisitions since 1977.


The extent to which beneficial cargo owners are controlling the discussion in trans-Pacific contract negotiations is becoming more evident, and that leverage is greater now than at any time since the 2008-09 recession.

News & Analysis

21 Oct 2016
US importers are riding an increase in rolled cargo, as trans-Pacific eastbound spot rates hold at levels at twice that of some contracted prices.
21 Oct 2016
A group of Asian container lines is injecting capacity into the Asia-Australia trade.
21 Oct 2016
Spot rates remained flat this week ahead of a range of rate increases planned by the container lines.
19 Oct 2016
Container shipping is set for a gradual recovery after hitting bottom with the collapse of Hanjin Shipping, but the road ahead is anything but smooth.
19 Oct 2016
Trans-Pacific service contracts in early 2017 will have the shadow of Hanjin falling over the negotiations.
With so much capacity in the market, it is unclear who could benefit from the liquidation of Hanjin Shipping's trans-Pacific operations.
18 Oct 2016
Analyst questions the value to incumbent Asia-US operators of Hanjin's trans-Pacific network.
14 Oct 2016
Trans-Pacific spot rates rose this week ahead of an Oct. 15 general rate increase.
14 Oct 2016
Spot rates on Asia-Europe recorded an increase this week, albeit a small one, surprising the market that was expecting the slump to continue well into the low season.
13 Oct 2016
Hanjin Shipping has received permission from a South Korean court for the sale of the carrier’s assets in the Asia-US container trade.
10 Oct 2016
DP World Australia has ordered four ship-to-shore cranes for its terminals on the east coast of Australia.