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 Sep 2015
U.S. containerized imports through the rest of 2015 are expected to rise slightly faster than previously forecast, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates.
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.
27 Aug 2013
Sluggish volume on all-water routes between Asia and the East Coast of North America “does not bode well for this year’s peak season” and may force carriers to cancel sailings later this year, Drewry Maritime Research warned in its current Container Insight Weekly.
Garuda Indonesia plane in February 2013. Photo from Flickr by Prayitno. License: CC BY 2.0
27 Aug 2013
International air cargo rates remained depressed in July as the bearish demand apparent for much of the year continued to dominate markets.
20 Aug 2013
South Carolina Ports Authority reported its revenue in fiscal year 2013, ending June 30, 2013, was $140.49 million, up 7 percent year-over-year from $130.95 million.

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.