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.
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.
News & Analysis
09 Dec 2014
Freight shipments and spending by shippers dropped slightly in November, but remain at a post-recession high point, according to the latest Cass Freight Index.
08 Sep 2014
International intermodal traffic growth on the U.S. rail network is showing signs of tapering off, suggesting the peak season for U.S. imports might already have passed. Still, intermodal experts aren’t ready to pronounce an end to the inventory buildup ahead of the holiday season.
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.
17 Jul 2014
The impact of importers’ contingency plans to avoid any West Coast labor disruptions tied to International Longshore and Warehouse Union contract talks are showing up in second-quarter import volumes.
14 Jul 2014
Six months after the most disruptive winter for North American supply chain interests in recent memory, the upcoming summer-fall period is shaping up as the intermodal peak season of shipper discontent.
09 May 2014
As West Coast waterfront employers launch contract negotiations on May 12 with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, many beneficial cargo owners are planning to ship their freight through alternative gateways in the event of disruptions or a work stoppage.
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.