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

06 May 2015
Saying that predictions of 20 percent over-capacity on all-water services to the East Coast this year “were based on faulty assumptions,” a carrier discussion agreement in the eastbound Pacific is recommending two general rate increases and a peak season surcharge.
05 May 2015
Eastbound trans-Pacific liner reliability has improved for the first time this year, but liner reliablity on the opposing direction fell to the lowest point since JOC.com began collecting SeaIntel data in August 2011.
04 May 2015
Trans-Pacific ocean carriers have been digging in their heels to get rate increases in their 2014-2015 trans-Pacific ocean contracts and have been getting increases in some cases, especially on routes from Asia to East Coast ports. But rates negotiated for shipments from Asia to West Coast ports have been flat or lower than last year in some cases when bunker fuel surcharges are included in the rate.
Port of Long Beach and container ships
29 Apr 2015
Based on the rates one importer has negotiated in its annual trans-Pacific contracts, it appears likely that shippers may have to ante up for freight rates that are substantially higher than in the past few years.
Hapag-Lloyd container ship in New York
28 Apr 2015
A rush by container lines to add services threatens to create overcapacity and undermine rates on all-water services between Asia and the U.S. East Coast, Alphaliner reports.
Maersk container ship
28 Apr 2015
Mega-vessels deployed in the Asia-Europe trade are overlapping intra-Asia routes and compounding the influx of capacity cascading into the regional trade from oversupplied east-west routes.
27 Apr 2015
Spot rates in the China-U.S. East Coast lane are falling back down to historical levels, a sign that vessel diversions driven by West Coast congestion may be easing.
Bill Rooney, Kuehne + Nagel, at TPM 2015.
27 Apr 2015
At TPM 2015, Kuehne + Nagel Vice President Trans-Pacific Seafreight Bill Rooney on commoditization in the shipping industry and the challenges that brings to various business segments, contract models and determining the importance of lower unit costs in the overall picture
27 Apr 2015
The relatively new Port of Prince Rupert achieved 14 percent year-over-year growth last year. CEO Don Krusel discusses the strategy and forecasting that made that possible.
Stephane Rambaud
27 Apr 2015
C.H. Robinson’s President of Global Forwarding Stephane Rambaud considers growth in the trans-Pacific trade lane, the effect of market volatility on relationships between shippers and carriers and potential new pricing