Peak Season Forecast

Peak Season Forecast

Steady increases in vessel capacity amid lackluster demand may dampen ocean carriers' ability to sustain higher rates during the coming peak season, and the expectations for the intermodal and trucking segments are likewise muted.

Special Coverage

The results of the 2014-15 service contracting season in the eastbound Pacific are in, and from the perspective of ocean carriers, they’re not pretty.

News & Analysis

31 Jul 2014
Interim result season is in full swing, and the financial reports reveal carriers in the container-shipping industry searching for a silver lining.
Workers in warehouse
11 Sep 2013
This is the season when Major League Baseball teams watch the scoreboard for updates on the standings. Container lines and shippers are doing the same thing with economic news as they seek clues to future demand.
09 Sep 2013
Import volume at major U.S. retail container ports is expected to rise 5.1 percent month-over-month in September, as retailers head into the holiday season...
27 Aug 2013
Shipping lines that carry U.S. exports to Asia intend to increase their freight rates by at least $100 per 40-foot container effective Oct. 1.

Commentary

I’ve been arguing since early this year that international transportation is headed for trouble because of a variety of transportation-specific problems exacerbated by an improving economy that’s driving faster volume growth and pushing capacity to the limit. With half the year over and the peak shipping season about to begin, those concerns are only deepening.