One of the most important trade lanes on the globe, the Asia-Europe trade is where mega-ships are typically deployed first after entering service because of the high level of trade between these regions. Ships on this route typically transit the Suez Canal, but low fuel prices and receding ice sheets in the Arctic have some carriers experimenting with routes around the Horn of Africa and Russia. 

24 Oct 2016
A recent spike in the container spot market has given carriers improved pricing power, with shippers resigned to paying higher rates in their 2017 service contracts.
21 Oct 2016
Spot rates remained flat this week ahead of a range of rate increases planned by the container lines.
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.
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.
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
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
Asia-Med rates are up for second week running, but don't expect it to last as slack season looms.
15 Sep 2016
The outlook for overall container trade growth, and particularly transshipment, is bleak.
13 Sep 2016
Container traffic at the port of Salalah, operated by APM Terminals, surged in the first half of the year.
09 Sep 2016
Asia-Med spot rates up as Hanjin effect helps lift the market.