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.

News & Analysis

23 Aug 2016
Terminal operators and chassis providers spar over cause of equipment shortages in Los Angeles and Long Beach.
31 Jul 2013
The peak shipping season this fall should be uneventful, with only a modest increase in cargo volume, a temporary spike in freight rates and no real shortages of transportation capacity or equipment to disrupt the supply chain, according to industry experts who spoke at a Journal of Commerce webcast Tuesday.
26 Jul 2013
Major container lines have announced rate increases for a variety of trades, as detailed below, slated to take effect in August and September.
Drewry Container Rate Benchmark, July 24, 2013. Source: Drewry
24 Jul 2013
Average eastbound spot rates on the trans-Pacific resumed their slide this week following the 21.8 percent increase that resulted from the July 1 general rate increase.
19 Jul 2013
Major container lines have announced rate increases for several trade lanes, as detailed below, slated to take effect in August...
17 Jul 2013
The U.S. economic recovery has not brought as much container volume growth as expected, according to an Asian transportation report by Jeffries, a global investment banking firm.

Commentary

There will be a peak season, a little later than normal in the trans-Pacific, perhaps, and carriers could indeed reap the benefits of higher pricing.