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

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.
17 Oct 2014
Congestion-caused delays at the largest U.S. port complex are pushing up outbound spot market truck rates from the Los Angeles-Long Beach market to inland distribution points.
30 Sep 2014
Truck rentals are "at an all-time high" as commercial operators seek new ways to match capacity and rising freight demand, a PacLease executive says.
22 Sep 2014
Class I railroads plan to add locomotives and train crews to their networks in an effort to improve service in the "strongest fall peak in recent years."
FedEx
18 Sep 2014
There really was a Christmas in July this year, at least in terms of increased global container business. That bodes well for North American trucking, intermodal rail and package delivery companies now preparing for an influx of freight ahead of the holiday season.
UP intermodal double-stack train
18 Sep 2014
International intermodal volume growth in North America dropped markedly in August, providing another sign that the lack of a U.S. West Coast longshore contract hangs less on retailers’ necks because the majority of their holiday goods have arrived in the U.S.

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.