Trade Lanes

Trade Lanes

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


Rates in the trans-Pacific eastbound trade from Asia to North America are starting to resemble the paltry Asia-Europe and trans-Pacific westbound numbers. Within a couple weeks, we may have three-digit numbers for spot rates for 40-foot containers moving from China-based ports to Los Angeles and Long Beach. I can’t recall seeing rates this low in my 42 years in the business.

News & Analysis

23 Nov 2015
The Asia-Australia container trade is facing capacity cuts and service withdrawals in the next few months that should give added impetus to rising freight rates that have been increasing since mid-year on a better supply-demand balance.
13 Nov 2015
Spot freight rates for shipping a 40-foot container from Asia to the U.S. this week fell to ridiculously low levels.
12 Nov 2015
KMTC Line, South Korea’s third-largest container line and the country’s biggest player in the intra-Asia segment, is reviewing its fleet structure ahead of expected tougher conditions on intra-Asia routes next year due to rising capacity and sinking demand.
10 Nov 2015
Carriers on the Asia-Europe trade were on time more often in the past 12 months than their trans-Pacific counterparts, according to a study of container shipping schedule reliability by CargoSmart.
06 Nov 2015
Trans-Pacific eastbound spot rates tested new lows this week.
06 Nov 2015
Spot rates from Asia to North Europe and the Mediterranean this week fell 31 percent and 20 percent from last week, respectively, after rates in the last week of October skyrocketed as some carriers appeared to gain some of their Nov. 1 general rate increases.
05 Nov 2015
The Asia-Europe trade outlook going into 2016 has become increasingly uncertain because of the big unknown: When will the Chinese economy, the key driver of the head-haul westbound leg, bottom out. Questions also exist about whether the eurozone can maintain its snail’s pace recovery — and boost its imports from China — going into 2016.
04 Nov 2015
The pan-Asian CKYHE Alliance has blanked nine sailings from Asia to north Europe and the Mediterranean in response to shrinking demand in the slack winter season.
Hyundai, Hamburg Sud container ships at Oakland port
30 Oct 2015
Spot rates on the Shanghai Container Freight Index to the U.S. West and East coasts bumped up this week.
30 Oct 2015
Spot rates on the battered Asia-North Europe trade skyrocketed 327 percent to $988 per TEU this week as some carriers appeared to recover the full Nov. 1 general rate increases for the first time since anyone can remember.