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.


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

21 Apr 2017
For the first time, Savannah has more weekly trans-Pacific alliance services than the Port of New York and New Jersey.
21 Apr 2017
There is no let-up in rising backhaul Europe-Asia rates, even as the Shanghai-Rotterdam spot market steadily edges up.
20 Apr 2017
Mobile officials had been seeking a North Europe service.
17 Apr 2017
Spot rates in eastbound Pacific continue single-digit decline.
10 Apr 2017
Retailers project strong growth in consumer spending and therefore imports for at least the next six months.
10 Apr 2017
Jakarta and the US West Coast have been linked by a new direct service offered by the Ocean Alliance and operated by CMA CGM.
07 Apr 2017
Marginal drop in spot rates shows cautious BCO approach during first week under the new carrier alliances.
05 Apr 2017
The carriers are trapped in a vicious circle of declining revenues and rising debt that management consultancy AlixPartners termed “grim” in its latest shipping forecast.
04 Apr 2017
Further grating shippers, carriers are providing no guarantees that all goods of a shipment will be loaded.
31 Mar 2017
West Coast spot rates reverse 10-week decline since Chinese New Year.