Trade Lanes

Trade Lanes

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

Commentary

In my 42-plus years in the industry, I’ve seen many variations of what we now call alliances — joint services, slot-charter arrangements, vessel-sharing agreements, alliances and now mega-alliances — and more no doubt will follow.

News & Analysis

Plane in blue sky
29 Jul 2014
Positive developments in China’s export space are raising expectations that the recent strong performance of air and ocean cargo volumes will extend into a solid peak season.
28 Jul 2014
A rise in traffic from Asia to Mediterranean ports has led to tight capacity and a substantial rise in spot prices.
26 Jul 2014
Hutchison Port Holdings Trust (HPH Trust) reported a 16 percent rise in first-half net profit on the back of improved U.S. and European cargo and greater transshipment volume.
The Shanghai-northern Europe spot rate slipped 2.2 percent to $1,203.
25 Jul 2014
Price drops continued to be reflected in the Shanghai Containerized Freight Index this week, as every major lane on the index saw spot rates fall.
Ocean carrier rate revision roundup for July 25
25 Jul 2014
Several container lines have planned general rate increases in multiple trade lanes in August, although any gains achieved could be temporary as overcapacity and sluggish global demand continue.
24 Jul 2014
Malaysia’s Westports Holdings turned in an impressive first-half performance, with throughput rising 13 percent year-over-year and strong growth across all trade lanes.
23 Jul 2014
CMA CGM said it will reorganize the rotations of its ASAF and WAX lines to improve service between Asia and West Africa.
The Drewry benchmark spot rate from Hong Kong to Los Angeles dropped $100 this week to $1,800 per FEU.
23 Jul 2014
With another week left before carriers in the trans-Pacific lanes attempt a general rate increase of $600 per 40-foot container, spot rates from Asia to the U.S. West Coast dropped once again.
21 Jul 2014
Crowley Maritime Corp. is in talks to acquire the Puerto Rico ships, routes and San Juan port facilities of competitor Horizon Lines for about $80 million, according to a report in Caribbean Business.
20 Jul 2014
The Indian government, looking to capitalize on the growing importance of cross-border trade, has finalized plans to star