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.

Commentary

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

27 Feb 2017
No one wants wild swings in freight rates and the pricing model had to change, a panel of top executives tells attendees at TPM.
27 Feb 2017
The head of SM Line container shipping business has outlined his carrier's plans on the trans-Pacific.
27 Feb 2017
The recovery of short-term trans-Pacific rates “has happened already for quite some months.”
26 Feb 2017
Trans-Pacific ocean carriers’ newfound discipline on capacity could yield higher rates from shippers in the coming year — if they don’t fold under the pressure.
24 Feb 2017
This development could signal that carriers will exert more discipline than last year as they negotiate service contracts.
24 Feb 2017
Eimskip says more acquisitions are on the way in 2017.
24 Feb 2017
After recording seven straight weeks of declines, spot rates on the China-Europe route have increased.
22 Feb 2017
Matson's premium China-Long Beach service should be a bright spot in 2017.
21 Feb 2017
Container lines are preparing March 1 rate hikes in anticipation of improving demand into the second quarter.
20 Feb 2017
Retailers and large direct importers urge restraint in interpreting the January import numbers.