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.

Commentary

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

02 Dec 2016
Eastbound trans-Pacific spot rates are sliding on the wind down of the peak season.
02 Dec 2016
Spot rates on the Asia-Europe trade have taken a sharp turn upwards, rising by 20 percent over the previous week.
30 Nov 2016
Shippers on Asia-Europe are struggling to predict the market as they engage with container lines in annual contract discussions.
22 Nov 2016
The Panama Canal has overtaken the Suez Canal as the favored transit route for carriers operating services between Asia and the US East Coast following the widening of the Central American waterway.
21 Nov 2016
HONG KONG — A US policy shift toward isolationism under the presidency of Donald Trump will leave a trade vacuum that Chi
18 Nov 2016
Spot market rates have continued to decline on the Asia-Europe and Asia-US trades.
16 Nov 2016
Dry bulk carrier is set to acquire Hanjin Shipping's five 6,500-TEU ships, in an attempt to diversify its holdings.
11 Nov 2016
Spot freight rates in the eastbound Pacific declined slightly this week, but imports from Asia are still at peak-season levels and are supporting relatively strong rate levels.
11 Nov 2016
Asia-Europe spot rates gave up ground again this week, but remain substantially elevated from last year.
09 Nov 2016
Container lines are seeking to lock the higher trans-Pacific spot rates that resulted from the collapse of Hanjin Shipping into long-term service contracts.