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

The extent to which beneficial cargo owners are controlling the discussion in trans-Pacific contract negotiations is becoming more evident, and that leverage is greater now than at any time since the 2008-09 recession.

News & Analysis

13 Jan 2017
Trans-Pacific spot rate increases again in run-up to the Chinese New Year.
13 Jan 2017
Spot rates on Asia-Europe are still well above last year's levels with tight space supporting prices.
12 Jan 2017
Steadily increasing bunker fuel prices will enable carriers on the intra-Asia trade to raise rates that are at unprofitable levels on some regional routes.
10 Jan 2017
Market uncertainty is seeing Asia-Europe shippers and carriers sitting on the fence rather than at the service contract negotiating table.
06 Jan 2017
After a strong finish to the year, spot market rates on the Asia-Europe and Asia-Mediterranean trades declined slightly this week.
05 Jan 2017
The last time the WCI composite index exceeded $1,700 per 40-foot-equivalent unit was in March 2015.
05 Jan 2017
From consolidation and alliances to a new president and regulatory environment, 2017 will introduce new challenges and opportunities. In a roundtable discussion with JOC.com, three shippers discuss their biggest concerns in the year ahead.
03 Jan 2017
The "HMM + K2 consortium" will initially facilitate vessel- and slot-sharing.
03 Jan 2017
The sharp increase in freight rates at the end of 2016 will be temporary, with overcapacity dragging prices back down after Chinese New Year, according to industry watchers.
01 Jan 2017
Fierce competition, weak freight rates, and infrastructure shortcomings at many ports across Asia are making life difficult for ocean liners in the world’s largest container trade.