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

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.
08 Sep 2014
International intermodal traffic growth on the U.S. rail network is showing signs of tapering off, suggesting the peak season for U.S. imports might already have passed. Still, intermodal experts aren’t ready to pronounce an end to the inventory buildup ahead of the holiday season.
31 Jul 2014
Interim result season is in full swing, and the financial reports reveal carriers in the container-shipping industry searching for a silver lining.

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.