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

US importers setting up meetings around the 17th Annual TPM Conference are getting hit with a barrage of mixed signals, complicating their appraisal of just how much power they’ll have in trans-Pacific service contract negotiations. 

News & Analysis

22 Feb 2017
Matson's premium China-Long Beach service should be a bright spot in 2017.
21 Feb 2017
Container lines are preparing March 1 rate hikes in anticipation of improving demand into the second quarter.
20 Feb 2017
Retailers and large direct importers urge restraint in interpreting the January import numbers.
17 Feb 2017
Spot rates in eastbound Pacific dropping during post-Chinese New Year lull, but not as steeply as last year.
17 Feb 2017
Spot rates on the Shanghai-Europe trade have fallen for the seventh straight week.
13 Feb 2017
Spot rates in eastbound Pacific drop marginally in the second week of the Lunar New Year.
13 Feb 2017
The days when the largest, so-called premier carriers booked directly with beneficial cargo owners are over.
10 Feb 2017
It has been 10 weeks since spot rates on the China-Europe trade fell sharply as demand continues to fall off in the post-Lunar New Year slump.
08 Feb 2017
There remain parallel, divergent narratives as to how strong the market truly is headed into the 2017 TPM conference later this month.
06 Feb 2017
The deal takes effect April 1 along with the reordering of global shipping alliances.