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

17 Jan 2017
SM Line will set sail without the help of an alliance.
17 Jan 2017
The ongoing rise in trans-Pacific spot rates has so far not been replicated in contract rates for large shippers.
16 Jan 2017
Asia-Europe container carriers are breathing a sigh of relief as traffic edged higher in 2016, despite another dull peak season, reversing the previous year’s slump.
13 Jan 2017
Trans-Pacific spot rate increases again in run-up to the Chinese New Year.
13 Jan 2017
Spot rates on Asia-Europe are still well above last year's levels with tight space supporting prices.
12 Jan 2017
Steadily increasing bunker fuel prices will enable carriers on the intra-Asia trade to raise rates that are at unprofitable levels on some regional routes.
10 Jan 2017
Market uncertainty is seeing Asia-Europe shippers and carriers sitting on the fence rather than at the service contract negotiating table.
06 Jan 2017
After a strong finish to the year, spot market rates on the Asia-Europe and Asia-Mediterranean trades declined slightly this week.
05 Jan 2017
The last time the WCI composite index exceeded $1,700 per 40-foot-equivalent unit was in March 2015.
05 Jan 2017
From consolidation and alliances to a new president and regulatory environment, 2017 will introduce new challenges and opportunities. In a roundtable discussion with JOC.com, three shippers discuss their biggest concerns in the year ahead.