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.


Despite the hype, east-west transit shipments through the Northern Sea Route are likely to remain a niche trade.

News & Analysis

21 Jul 2017
West Coast rates have already fallen behind the spot rates in mid-July last year.
21 Jul 2017
The anticipated rate increases on Asia-Europe have yet to materialize with the spot rate falling for the third week in a row, despite a peak season volume surge.
19 Jul 2017
Pacific International Lines' traffic in US imports from Asia rose 67 percent year over year in the second quarter.
19 Jul 2017
“The trade is doing much better than previously thought to be the case.”
18 Jul 2017
Asia-Russia-Europe spot rates are up more than double year over year.
15 Jul 2017
Heavy-lift and project carriers are developing a new market that a few years ago would have been unthinkable — the Northern Sea Route to Russia’s frigid Arctic region.
14 Jul 2017
The peak season spike in US imports from Asia should be just around the corner.
14 Jul 2017
Spot rates on Asia-Europe have slid for the last two weeks, ignoring a rate increase levied from July 1 and peak season surcharges from some carriers.
11 Jul 2017
Adani CMA Mundra Terminal (ACMT) this week hosted the first call from CMA CGM‘s new INDIAMED service.
10 Jul 2017
US importers in the coming weeks will begin to encounter a tightening of vessel space and occasional equipment shortages.