Trade Lanes

Trade Lanes

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

Commentary

With the exception of Zim Integrated Shipping Services, all traditional east-west carriers now are entrenched in alliances that cover all three east-west trades. That’s never happened, and, although the day-to-day impact may not be noticeable, it represents the next stage in the war for survival among carriers, and could have wider impact on the pricing of services.

News & Analysis

29 Sep 2014
The number of container ships passing through the Suez Canal is on an upward trend, after nearly three years of declining transit numbers because of rapidly increasing ship sizes.
29 Sep 2014
Maersk is facing aggressive competition on its most lucrative north-south routes, which are being targeted by rival carriers seeking to offset losses from the overtonnaged Asia-Europe trade lane.
29 Sep 2014
Trans-Atlantic spot container rates have been relatively stable in recent months on both eastbound and westbound shipping routes between northern Europe and North America, according to Drewry Maritime Research.
Ocean carrier rate revision roundup for Sept. 26
26 Sep 2014
Multiple container lines have planned general rate increases in numerous trade lanes in October, although any gains achieved could be temporary as overcapacity and sluggish global demand continue.
23 Sep 2014
CMA CGM, China Shipping Container Lines, OOCL and PIL plan to launch a new joint service connecting Northeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand in early November.
Ocean carrier rate revision roundup for Sept. 19
19 Sep 2014
Multiple container lines have planned general rate increases in numerous trade lanes in October, although any gains achieved could be temporary as overcapacity and sluggish global demand continue.
SCFI Shanghai to Northern European ports rate September 19, 2014
19 Sep 2014
Spot rates on the Asia-northern Europe trade plunged below $1,000 for the first time since March as September GRIs continued to slide, according to the latest Shanghai Containerized Freight Index.
18 Sep 2014
Maersk Line and Mediterranean Shipping Co. today released the 2M Alliance’s tentative 2015 east-west network, including port rotations, arrivals and departures and transit times.
18 Sep 2014
The global carrying capacity of container ships will grow by just shy of 5 million TEUs by the end of 2016, but the trend toward ordering larger ships means the number of vessels will not grow significantly, according to a Deutsche Bank shipping report.
17 Sep 2014
The cost of shipping a 40-foot container from Hong Kong to Los Angeles declined this week, with rates losing all gains brought on by a Sept. 1 general rate increase.