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

26 Jun 2017
The Cape Sounio is the largest vessel in the Israeli ocean carrier’s fleet.
23 Jun 2017
Eastbound Pacific spot rates to East and West coasts edge lower for the third straight week.
23 Jun 2017
Orders from Europe are rising with a strong peak season on the cards, but growing volumes could spell space issues and equipment shortages in the months ahead.
23 Jun 2017
There was little movement in China-Europe spot rates with a week to go to the July 1 rate increases and peak season surcharges also in the pipeline.
21 Jun 2017
Freight rates on the trans-Pacific have fallen well off levels reached in the fourth quarter of 2016 as carriers in the highly competitive trade route chase after market share.
19 Jun 2017
The future of a once-influential and now-shrunken discussion group of carriers in the trans-Pacific is uncertain after members agreed to stop discussing rate and surcharge guidance.
16 Jun 2017
Spot rates in eastbound Pacific slide again this week as peak-season cargo surge is still a few weeks away.
16 Jun 2017
Carriers are not having any success in lifting freight rates despite two June attempts.
15 Jun 2017
The long-anticipated sea change in trans-Pacific shipping networks is well underway a year after the Panama Canal opened its expanded lock system.
13 Jun 2017
Average container ship sizes through the Panama Canal have increased by roughly 47.5 percent to 6,000 TEU since the June 26 opening of the Panama Canal’s larger lock.