Peter Tirschwell, JOC Group chief content officer, is a prominent thought-leader in maritime transportation with more than 20 years as journalist and business leader at The Journal of Commerce.

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The turbulence sweeping global stock markets during the past few weeks is a belated recognition of what people involved in supply chains, including container shipping, have known for a while: Apart from a few bright spots such as U.S. imports, growth globally is slowing, in large part because of the slowdown in China, and with it has come growing overcapacity and heavier rate pressure in global container markets.

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