Asia-Europe

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. 

09 Dec 2016
Rising spot rates as 2016 winds down will not be enough to lift carrier margins back into profitability, but the upwards trend will be a welcome relief after a year to forget.
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.
18 Nov 2016
Spot market rates have continued to decline on the Asia-Europe and Asia-US trades.
11 Nov 2016
Asia-Europe spot rates gave up ground again this week, but remain substantially elevated from last year.
04 Nov 2016
Spot rates slip with little demand to support the Nov. 1 increases.
03 Nov 2016
The Ocean Alliance has released information on its network that begins on April 1, 2017, with the trans-Pacific to see the largest number of loops and port calls.
As newer mega-ships such as the MSC Maya, pictured, continue to enter service on the Asia-Europe trade, ships with capacities of as many as 13,000 TEUs will have to find new deployments on less busy routes.
31 Oct 2016
Container lines face “huge” headaches as they seek routes to deploy vessels made redundant on the Asia-Europe trade lane.
28 Oct 2016
The operational update of Orient Overseas Container Line is a perfect reflection of the dismal operating environment container lines are trapped in — more cargo is being carried on major trades for less revenue.
28 Oct 2016
Spot rates on Asia-Europe and Asia-Mediterranean surged upwards, continuing a trend of rising price levels since the record lows recorded in March.
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.