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

29 Jul 2016
Maersk Line is pushing back against speculation that it will try to acquire Hyundai Merchant Marine.
29 Jul 2016
Spot rates will end the month of July almost where they began after another big bounce.
28 Jul 2016
Container lines are adding intra-Asia services or improving their coverage of the region to capture what appears to be increasing demand on the North-South trade.
25 Jul 2016
Australia’s top container terminal operator will have a new owner in short order.
22 Jul 2016
Orient Overseas Container Line moved more containers in the second quarter of 2016 than the same period a year before.
OOCL, its G6 Alliance partners and other ocean carriers can't seem to find the magic formula needed to bring trans-Pacifc capacity in line with demand.
22 Jul 2016
Container lines in the eastbound trans-Pacific this week were unable to hold on to their rate increases of last week.
22 Jul 2016
Asia-Europe spot freight rates continued their steady march down from the year’s high reached on July 1.
APMT hopes that new cranes able to handle some of the largest mega-ships afloat, pictured, will help transform Pecem, Brazil, into a regional container hub.
21 Jul 2016
APM Terminals and port owner Cearaportus hope to turn the Brazilian Port of Pecem into a regional east coast South America hub.
The 18,000-TEU CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin, pictured in San Francisco Bay during a call to the Port of Oakland in February, could be one of the mega-ships the Ocean Alliance plans to deploy to the U.S. West Coast.
19 Jul 2016
The Ocean Alliance plans to deploy the largest ships ever seen by U.S ports on the trans-Pacific trade.
OOCL is joining several other container lines an effort to prop up rates via general rate increases on August 1.
19 Jul 2016
The August 1 rate increases on Asia to Europe and the Mediterranean are beginning to roll.