Trade Lanes

Trade Lanes

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

Commentary

As we approach the TPM Conference in March, it’s hard to recall any year in the 15 years of this event when the industry was more unsettled, more dissatisfied and more uncertain of what the future holds. Such is the result of a monumentally troublesome 2014, when shippers and their providers absorbed more broadsides from more directions and with less notice than any year in memory.

News & Analysis

26 Apr 2015
With West Coast port congestion and container backlogs easing faster than predicted, beneficial cargo owners are reassessing their supply chain strategies for the coming shipping season.
17 Apr 2015
Spot rates in the eastbound trans-Pacific trade lane continue to drag as major U.S West Coast ports make headway on reducing the backlog of cargo that began stacking up at marine terminals since the early fall.
13 Apr 2015
Spot rates and volume from China to the U.S. East Coast continued to rise through March, signs that West Coast congestion is still driving cargo owners to other ports.
OOCL ship passing under Golden Gate Bridge
10 Apr 2015
For the first time, the Transpacific Stabilization Agreement, a discussion group representing 15 of the largest carrier in the trans-Pacific trade lanes, is pushing for base levels during the current contracting season, a departure from its longstanding policy of issuing targets for rate increases.
10 Apr 2015
India-Bangladesh cross-border trade received a major fillip with the introduction of a new coastal shipping service between the two neighboring nations.
Syrian refugees
10 Apr 2015
Merchant ship operators have joined with seafarers’ unions urging European Union member states to take immediate action to curb the growing humanitarian crisis in the Mediterranean, which they say is putting crews and schedule reliability at risk.
10 Apr 2015
Container shipping spot rates from China to the Mediterranean fell to the lowest level in roughly a year and a half, reflecting how surge of new capacity on the trade lane is offsetting strong demand.
08 Apr 2015
Trans-Pacific spot rates rose this week from a 12-month low, suggesting that container lines won acceptance of at least part of an April 9 general rate increase, according to Drewry Maritime Research.
07 Apr 2015
Trans-Atlantic shippers in February experienced the worst service in three years, according to SeaIntel Maritime Analysis.
07 Apr 2015
Hamburg Süd led the container shipping industry in on-time service in February, putting an end to Maersk Line’s six-month hold on the top spot, according to SeaIntel Maritime Analysis.