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

Port of Los Angeles
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.
16 Aug 2013
Major container lines have announced rate increases for a variety of trades, as detailed below, slated to take effect in August, September and October.
13 Aug 2013
Import volume at major U.S. retail container ports is expected to rise 1.7 percent month-over-month in August, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker...
13 Aug 2013
The Port of Virginia is experiencing an influx of rail cargo at Norfolk International Terminals and APM Terminals in Portsmouth as a result of peak season volume...
02 Aug 2013
Major container lines have announced rate increases for a variety of trades, as detailed below, slated to take effect in
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.

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.