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.
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.
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.

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.