Backhaul east-west container rates were flat this week in the Europe-to-Asia and trans-Pacific westbound lanes, 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 dropped by $2, or 0.2 percent, to $1,048 per 40-foot container, but are still up 12.0 percent since the beginning of the year. As of Feb. 28, the index was 105.9 percent higher than it was at the same point in 2012.
Trans-Pacific westbound rates from Los Angeles to Shanghai were stable at $910 per FEU for the third straight week, but are up 4.1 percent since the beginning of the year. As of Feb. 28, the index was 3.5 percent higher than it was at the same point a year earlier.
These rates have remained largely unchanged, aside from a few slight decreases, since a jump during the week of Feb. 7.