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

23 Aug 2016
No surprises as a weak October encourages G6 to withdraw sailings on major east-west trades.
The ACL Atlantic Star is the first of the G4 class ships, whose combination of container and roll-on, roll-off capacity has helped the liner get through the onging downturn in the container sector.
22 Aug 2016
ACL expects its new ships to provide an edge.
Although spot rates declined, shippers and transportation companies still expect an uptick in imports in coming months.
19 Aug 2016
Trans-Pacific spot rates in both directions fell for third straight week.
19 Aug 2016
Asia-Europe spot rates fell for the fourth consecutive week, with not enough peak season demand to lift prices.
Sinotrans Shipping's experience in the intra-Asia trade in the first half seems to have been less turbulent than other container lines with a focus on the region.
18 Aug 2016
The Chinese logistics giant Sinotrans Shipping posted a loss for the first half of 2016, blaming overcapacity and a depressed international shipping market.
Few shippers see prices going up substantially this year, and some say the rates won’t change until at least April, when the new carrier alliances take effect.
17 Aug 2016
The dramatic descent of spot prices to five-year lows in both directions on the trans-Atlantic shipping route has sparked questions about how low the price can go, and if the once sleepy, stable route has changed.
Around 90 percent of Wan Hai’s services are on the intra-Asia trade.
17 Aug 2016
Taiwan’s Wan Hai Lines is the latest intra-Asia specialist to report profit and revenue declines in the first half.
16 Aug 2016
Regional Container Lines blamed losses in the second quarter on overcapacity in the intra-Asia market.
12 Aug 2016
Trans-Pacific spot rates slipped again this week as weak demand and overcapacity keep them under downward pressure.
12 Aug 2016
The peak season and planned rate increases are having no discernible effect on Asia-Europe spot rates.