Backhaul east-west container rates were largely unchanged this week in the Europe-to-Asia and trans-Pacific westbound lanes after slipping in both lanes the week before, according to the latest release of the World Container Index.
World Container Index Rates to Shanghai
Europe-to-Asia eastbound rates from Rotterdam to Shanghai remained at $1,050 per 40-foot container. The week before, the index had dropped $1 or 0.1 percent. A comparison against the first week of January shows a year-to-date gain of 12.2 percent. As of Feb. 21, the index was 122 percent higher than it was at the same point in 2012.
Trans-Pacific westbound rates from Los Angeles to Shanghai remained at $910 per FEU, after having lost $11 or 1.2 percent the week before. A comparison against the first week of January shows a year-to-date gain of 4.1 percent. As of Feb. 21, the index was 18.6 percent higher than it was at the same point a year ago.