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

30 Sep 2016
Spot freight rates in the Asia-US trade edged lower for the fourth consecutive week.
Even the immediate withdrawal of 150,000 twenty-foot-equivalent units of capacity on the Asia-Mediterranean trade after the bankruptcy of Hanjin Shipping could not lift rates for a sustained period of time.
30 Sep 2016
Container shipping on Asia-Europe enters its slack season that will last until the pre-Chinese New Year pick up.
29 Sep 2016
The Mercosur trade bloc of Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, and Venezuela are all set to increase their food exports to Russia this year.
28 Sep 2016
As Hyundai Merchant Marine is scaling down its deployment of extra loaders, Maersk Line is continuing to add vessels to handle Hanjin Shipping cargo.
23 Sep 2016
Trans-Pacific spot rates remained stuck in a narrow range this week even though the trade was roiled by the Hanjin Shipping bankruptcy and vessels are approaching full utilization.
23 Sep 2016
Asia-Pacific container lines could be in the best position they have been in for years when contract talks start later this year.
20 Sep 2016
Closing the gap between capacity and demand is going to take years, analysts and carriers believe.
19 Sep 2016
Shippers expecting to secure the same low rate, long-term contracts they negotiated last year will be disappointed, Xeneta says.
16 Sep 2016
APL is about to launch a new trans-Atlantic service just as import spot rates on the route are at a five-year low.
16 Sep 2016
Spot freight rates in the eastbound Pacific may have found their comfort zone.