Trans-Atlantic Trade

Trans-Atlantic Trade

Once the United States' dominant international corridor, the centuries-old trade between Europe and North America has stagnated in recent years as recessions struck both continents and as Asia increased its manufacturing prowess. But while analysts would classify the trade as "mature," with little upside or downside, it's also stable, meaning carriers and shippers can plan their strategies without fear of the severe volatility seen in other east-west trades such as the trans-Pacific and Asia-Europe. For many in the trade, anticipation in recent years has centered around preparations for the onslaught of large mega-ships that will begin to pour through the Panama Canal when its decade-long expansion project is complete in 2015. Suddenly, those big ships are arriving early — but from an entirely different direction: through the Suez Canal from Asia. Driving the trend is the introduction of new 10,000-plus-TEU vessels on the Asia-Europe trade, cascading the 8,000-TEU ships that previously plied that trade to the trans-Pacific and, now, through the Suez Canal as carriers seek the economies of scale that they can’t find on the 5,000-TEU ships that are the largest that can transit the Panama Canal.

 

 

 

 

 

Special Coverage

Bremerhaven
The U.S. ocean container trade via European ports, including transshipments, increased 3.8 percent year-over-year to 4.6 million laden 20-foot-equivalent units in the 12 months ending March 2014, according to PIERS, the data division of JOC Group.

News & Analysis

Weekly wrap-up for Aug. 30, 2014
30 Aug 2014
Members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union ratified a new collective bargaining agreement with grain handlers in the Pacific Northwest, ending a two-year battle between the two parties.
17 Jun 2014
LONDON — Europe’s major ocean carriers, ports and shippers are urgently rethinking their business strategies following th
04 Jun 2014
Maersk Line said it intends to raise rates on shipments between the Mediterranean and North America, beginning July 1.
15 May 2014
Zim is teaming up with Hapag-Lloyd on the U.S.-Mediterranean route to increase port coverage and reduce transit times, in the Israeli ocean carrier’s second agreement with a member of the G6 Alliance in the past week.
01 May 2014
A temporary space shortage on the trans-Atlantic is looming thanks to implementation of the G6 Alliance in that trade lane.
Wine imports constitute the largest U.S. import commodity by volume from the Mediterranean and southern Europe.
21 Apr 2014
Container ships are running full on the westbound trans-Atlantic as shippers scramble to complete their annual contract negotiations with carriers at a time when the new P3 Network and other expanding alliances have not yet finalized their new service schedules.

Commentary

As cargo delays at the Port of New York and New Jersey enter their third month, customers are wondering: When will this end? Terminal operators say they expect things to settle down soon after Labor Day. That’s small comfort to port users dreading another month of expensive delays.