Trade Lanes

Trade Lanes

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

Commentary

With the exception of Zim Integrated Shipping Services, all traditional east-west carriers now are entrenched in alliances that cover all three east-west trades. That’s never happened, and, although the day-to-day impact may not be noticeable, it represents the next stage in the war for survival among carriers, and could have wider impact on the pricing of services.

News & Analysis

19 Dec 2014
Carriers announced general rate increases that span into February this week, as spot rates around the globe respond to mid-December rate hikes. Drewry Maritime Research’s World Container Index composite index, which measures 11 East-to-West trade lanes, jumped a cumulative 35.8 percent this week.
19 Dec 2014
A look back at the year’s host of general rate increases levied by shipping lines on their customers reveals the ineffectiveness of the practice, with no GRI sticking for longer than two weeks or achieving the sought after price hike.
18 Dec 2014
Africa’s inland freight network is so troubled that it costs roughly seven times more to ship a container from Mombasa, Kenya, to Burundi, in central Africa, than to ship a container from Shanghai to the major Kenyan gateway, an APM Terminal executive said.
18 Dec 2014
Holiday shoppers in Asia will have to deal with a little less Christmas cheer this year, as trans-Pacific shipments of Christmas trees from the U.S. Pacific Northwest are the latest casualty of West Coast port congestion.
18 Dec 2014
Strong growth in the Southeast Asia container trades will be a key focus for Maersk Line’s new Asia-Pacific chief executive Lars Mikael Jensen, who was appointed regional head in September.
17 Dec 2014
Manila’s efforts to clear the backlog of containers congesting the port are being threatened by the Christmas and New Year holidays that the Philippine Ports Authority fears could bring the yard utilisation back to congestion levels.
17 Dec 2014
Spot rates in the eastbound trans-Pacific responded to carrier rate increase attempts by jumping about 40 percent this week, Drewry Maritime Research said.
17 Dec 2014
Another set of historic rate increases are on tap for the trans-Pacific, as the 15 members of the Transpacific Stabilization Agreement announced hikes totaling $1,000 per FEU.
16 Dec 2014
Hapag-Lloyd became the latest carrier to announce a large general rate increase on trans-Pacific eastbound cargo for January, following Maersk Line and MOL.
16 Dec 2014
U.S. containerized exports to most Latin American markets will contract this year, while imports, reflecting the strengthening U.S. economy, will be up.