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

Trans-Pacific volumes have been respectable this year, but they have still been unable to catch up with capacity introduced by container lines in the recent past.
26 Aug 2016
Vessels carrying peak-season imports from Asia are filling up.
The Port of Hong Kong, pictured, is just one of the many top ports that will soon find themselves facing new challenges on a number of fronts.
26 Aug 2016
The reign of container terminals as profit leaders in supply chains is under pressure.
The days of questions about zero freight on the Asia-Europe trade may be gone, but the market is still a difficult one for container lines.
26 Aug 2016
It may not seem like it, but there has been an upward trend in Asia-Europe freight rates since the March lows.
25 Aug 2016
A group of Asia-based container lines are teaming up to offer new joint services on the intra-Asia trade.
23 Aug 2016
No surprises as a weak October encourages G6 to withdraw sailings on major east-west trades.
The ACL Atlantic Star is the first of the G4 class ships, whose combination of container and roll-on, roll-off capacity has helped the liner get through the onging downturn in the container sector.
22 Aug 2016
ACL expects its new ships to provide an edge.
Although spot rates declined, shippers and transportation companies still expect an uptick in imports in coming months.
19 Aug 2016
Trans-Pacific spot rates in both directions fell for third straight week.
19 Aug 2016
Asia-Europe spot rates fell for the fourth consecutive week, with not enough peak season demand to lift prices.
Sinotrans Shipping's experience in the intra-Asia trade in the first half seems to have been less turbulent than other container lines with a focus on the region.
18 Aug 2016
The Chinese logistics giant Sinotrans Shipping posted a loss for the first half of 2016, blaming overcapacity and a depressed international shipping market.
Few shippers see prices going up substantially this year, and some say the rates won’t change until at least April, when the new carrier alliances take effect.
17 Aug 2016
The dramatic descent of spot prices to five-year lows in both directions on the trans-Atlantic shipping route has sparked questions about how low the price can go, and if the once sleepy, stable route has changed.