Trade Lanes

Trade Lanes

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

Commentary

Beneficial cargo owners are celebrating an early Christmas. Anticipating the supply-demand ratios again were trending to the demand side for the year, trans-Pacific contract rates for major BCOs barely moved, if at all. To be sure, some inland point intermodal rates bumped up, but still aren’t close to the cost levels associated with providing the services.

News & Analysis

26 Jul 2015
Intra-Asia container shipping is swelling as manufacturing shifts from China to lower-cost countries, and may represent 25 percent of global container trade. In a global context, however, the trade is a 'blind spot' where accurate data and forecasts are hard to come by.
15 Jul 2015
The Panama Canal has recaptured the majority of traffic on the all-water shipping route between the Far East and the U.S. East Coast that it ceded to the Suez Canal in late 2014, according to Alphaliner.
14 Jul 2015
Manufacturing changes in the next 15 years will keep intra-Asia as the world’s largest ocean container trade, representing 35 percent of global volumes, according to a study by the Shanghai International Shipping Institute.
10 Jul 2015
The U.S.-Oceania ocean container trade is providing a textbook example of the ramifications a strong currency has on trade flow. U.S. imports from Oceania increased 11 percent year-over-year in the first six months of 2015, while exports dropped 11 percent.
10 Jul 2015
U.S.-Asia containerized ocean trade increased 2.1 percent to nearly 20.5 million 20-foot-equivalent units in the 12 months ending March 31 compared to the same period a year earlier, according to data from PIERS, a sister product of JOC.com within IHS Maritime & Trade.
Suez Canal ship convoy
06 Jul 2015
Container lines won’t reduce the amount of cargo moving through the Suez Canal despite heightened security tensions — most recently inflamed by the reported arrest of 13 people on suspicion of planning to sabotage the waterway integral to trade between Asia and the Europe, and increasingly the U.S.
06 Jul 2015
Puerto Rico’s fiscal crisis has rekindled criticism of the Jones Act, the cabotage law requiring the use of U.S.-flag vessels for shipments between the commonwealth and the U.S. mainland.
01 Jul 2015
Crowley is continuing its investments in the U.S.-Caribbean-Latin American services by buying more than 4,300 pieces of equipment that will be used on its services connecting the Caribbean, South America and the U.S.
01 Jul 2015
U.S. containerized imports from South America are rising on a double-digit basis while U.S. exports to the region stagnate, a recent trend that is narrowing the trade lane’s north-south imbalance and emboldening carriers to seek higher rates.
01 Jul 2015
Simatech has received the first of two new container ships with capacities of 4,350 twenty-foot-equivalent units, reflecting continuing and rapid intra-Asia trade demand.