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

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.
Holiday shopping season approaching.
30 Oct 2013
A shorter holiday shopping period and a consumer shift towards e-commerce may be the drivers behind U.S.-based courier delivery companies’ predictions for...
Shipping containers in port with crane
16 Oct 2013
Container shipping lines in the Transpacific Stabilization Agreement Westbound section are attempting to set...
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.

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Commentary

2012’s container shipping rally produced rising freight rates that brought liner operators back to profitability. But with the market at another ebb, liner companies collectively must keep a cool head and resist the temptation to engage in a price war that would jeopardize a sustainable recovery.