Trade Lanes

Trade Lanes

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

Commentary

As we approach the TPM Conference in March, it’s hard to recall any year in the 15 years of this event when the industry was more unsettled, more dissatisfied and more uncertain of what the future holds. Such is the result of a monumentally troublesome 2014, when shippers and their providers absorbed more broadsides from more directions and with less notice than any year in memory.

News & Analysis

Port of Long Beach and container ships
29 Apr 2015
Based on the rates one importer has negotiated in its annual trans-Pacific contracts, it appears likely that shippers may have to ante up for freight rates that are substantially higher than in the past few years.
Hapag-Lloyd container ship in New York
28 Apr 2015
A rush by container lines to add services threatens to create overcapacity and undermine rates on all-water services between Asia and the U.S. East Coast, Alphaliner reports.
Maersk container ship
28 Apr 2015
Mega-vessels deployed in the Asia-Europe trade are overlapping intra-Asia routes and compounding the influx of capacity cascading into the regional trade from oversupplied east-west routes.
27 Apr 2015
Spot rates in the China-U.S. East Coast lane are falling back down to historical levels, a sign that vessel diversions driven by West Coast congestion may be easing.
Bill Rooney, Kuehne + Nagel, at TPM 2015.
27 Apr 2015
At TPM 2015, Kuehne + Nagel Vice President Trans-Pacific Seafreight Bill Rooney on commoditization in the shipping industry and the challenges that brings to various business segments, contract models and determining the importance of lower unit costs in the overall picture
27 Apr 2015
The relatively new Port of Prince Rupert achieved 14 percent year-over-year growth last year. CEO Don Krusel discusses the strategy and forecasting that made that possible.
Stephane Rambaud
27 Apr 2015
C.H. Robinson’s President of Global Forwarding Stephane Rambaud considers growth in the trans-Pacific trade lane, the effect of market volatility on relationships between shippers and carriers and potential new pricing
26 Apr 2015
With West Coast port congestion and container backlogs easing faster than predicted, beneficial cargo owners are reassessing their supply chain strategies for the coming shipping season.
17 Apr 2015
Spot rates in the eastbound trans-Pacific trade lane continue to drag as major U.S West Coast ports make headway on reducing the backlog of cargo that began stacking up at marine terminals since the early fall.
13 Apr 2015
Spot rates and volume from China to the U.S. East Coast continued to rise through March, signs that West Coast congestion is still driving cargo owners to other ports.