Trade Lanes

Trade Lanes

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


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

Hapag-Lloyd's Hamburg Express container ship
14 Sep 2014
Container freight rates will stabilize and may trend upward over the next few years despite the existing overcapacity of vessel space because of the expansion of existing carrier alliances and the creation of new ones, according to Rolf Habben Jansen, CEO of Hapag-Lloyd.
10 Sep 2014
After gaining ground thanks to general rate increases in the first week of September, the Drewry benchmark rate from Hong Kong to Los Angeles dropped $100 per container this week.
09 Sep 2014
Maersk Line has a clearly defined strategy for expansion in global trades, but is being very cautious about not disclosing it.
Third shipment of new gates for Panama Canal arrives.
08 Sep 2014
The $5.25 billion expansion project to allow larger vessels to traverse the canal is nearly 80 percent complete.
05 Sep 2014
The Suez Canal Authority isn’t having any trouble finding money to pay for a $4 billion project to build a second channel.
The spot rate to the U.S. East Coast was $4,636 per 40-foot container this week.
05 Sep 2014
Spot rates on major trade lanes worldwide increased this week, with peak shipping season to Europe and North America in full swing.
Ocean carrier rate revision roundup for Sept. 5
05 Sep 2014
Multiple container lines have planned general rate increases in numerous trade lanes in September and October, although any gains achieved could be temporary as overcapacity and sluggish global demand continue.
04 Sep 2014
Container volumes from Asia to its key export destinations were up in July, anchored by growth to both Europe and North America.
04 Sep 2014
Due to lower trade volumes to and from emerging markets in Asia, ports around the world overall saw weak performance in the second quarter of 2014, according to the Shanghai International Shipping Institute.
04 Sep 2014
Spot rates on nearly all lanes on the World Container Index moved this week as rates continue to fluctuate.