Trade Lanes

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

Commentary

2015 may not go down as the most disruptive or revolutionary year in freight transportation history, but it’s certainly been one of the most transformative ones.

News & Analysis

Panama Canal locks expansion project
06 Feb 2016
The Panama Canal Authority is shooting to open its third set of larger locks that can handle post-Panamax ships in May, but it doesn’t expect the larger locks to attract new services for several months.
05 Feb 2016
Freight rates in the trans-Pacific edged lower this week as the final shipments left Asia before factories there shut down for two weeks for the Chinese New Year celebrations. Even larger declines in freight rates could take place in the coming weeks.
05 Feb 2016
Steadily falling spot rates on the Asia to Europe and Mediterranean trades slowed to single digit declines this week with the majority of factories now closed for the Chinese New Year holiday period.
01 Feb 2016
In an increasingly uncertain container shipping market, price volatility is one of the few entirely predictable things left, was Drewry’s wry assessment of the wildly fluctuating freight rates on East-West trades.
01 Feb 2016
The January run up to Chinese New Year is traditionally a busy one for exporters as beneficial cargo owners try to ship their products out of the country before the three-week factory shutdown and the carrier service deletions, and space on container ships is often at a premium.
29 Jan 2016
The usually buoyant Europe-U.S. ocean and air cargo markets have suffered a significant decline in European freight forwarders’ confidence, while the long troubled Asia-Europe trades have posted an equally strong improvement.
29 Jan 2016
Spot freight rates on the Asia-U.S. trades held their ground this week, actually rising slightly and ensuring most of the sharp gains made in the Jan. 1 rate increase were retained for the rest of the month.
27 Jan 2016
The volume of cargo handled by the container trade around the globe this year will increase by a relatively “decent” 4 to 5 percent, but this growth will not be nearly enough to make a dent in the enormous glut of vessel capacity that will continue to erode freight rates.
26 Jan 2016
Maersk Line had added a new service from Latin America to Europe and a new call on an existing service in the trade lane in an effort to tap one of the areas where container lines can still gain steadily profitable business: reefer cargo.
26 Jan 2016
Could Amazon’s business of reselling goods produced by Chinese manufacturers allow it to create a profitable niche in transporting those goods into the U.S. and possibly other markets? Some believe that is the reason the giant online retailer is the newest NVOCC in the trans-Pacific.