Trade Lanes

Trade Lanes

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


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

19 Aug 2014
Taiwanese ocean carrier Yang Ming Line has upgraded its intra-Asia service network to better meet growing demand in the region.
18 Aug 2014
With vessels to the U.S. East Coast filled to capacity, and containerized imports to the West Coast also strong, carriers in the eastbound trans-Pacific intend to increase their rates...
18 Aug 2014
Despite generally strengthening spot rates in the head-haul east-west trades, the trend is unlikely to last because underlying volatility is growing, especially in the Asia-Europe trade, according to SeaIntel.
18 Aug 2014
Multiple container lines have planned general rate increases in numerous trade lanes in August, although any gains achieved could be fleeting as overcapacity and sluggish global demand continue.
Weekly wrap-up for Aug. 16, 2014
16 Aug 2014
Diversions related to the ongoing negotiations on the U.S. West Coast between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association continue to have an impact elsewhere.
The SCFI Shanghai-U.S. East Coast rate slipped just 0.2 percent week-to-week to $4,178 per 40-foot container.
15 Aug 2014
Growing volumes to the U.S. East Coast caused by cargo diversions and peak-season demand have buoyed spot rates on the lane.
Drewry’s benchmark spot rate from Hong Kong to Los Angeles dropped 4.6 percent week-to-week, falling to $2,075 per 40-foot container.
13 Aug 2014
Big gains in the spot rates from Hong Kong to Los Angeles began to erode this week, as a benchmark of the rate to the U.S. West Coast dropped $100 per container.
CMA CGM was correct in saying its PEX3 service had the fastest transit time from Yantian to Los Angeles at 13 days.
11 Aug 2014
It is becoming increasingly difficult for a shipper to determine which carrier in the eastbound trans-Pacific has the fastest transit time between two given ports, according to a new analysis from SeaIntel, a consulting firm.
Acting OOIL CFO Alan Tung
11 Aug 2014
Hong Kong-listed Orient Overseas (International) Ltd. reported a first-half net profit of $181 million as revenue and volume at its liner shipping division OOCL increased even though revenue per 20-foot container fell more than 5 percent.
Bill Rooney
10 Aug 2014
William Rooney, Kuehne + Nagel vice president, responds to questions about the current slower growth environment and the NVO ability to provide “something broader than rates” as the trans-Pacific trade evolves.