Container Shipping Outlook: How Shippers See 2017

Container Shipping Outlook: How Shippers See 2017

A growing dichotomy between the expectations of shippers and carriers on the outlook for ocean freight rates this year may set the stage for difficult contract negotiations for the 2017-2018 shipping season. Shippers think they can nail down contracts with little or no rate increases over last year, according to a new survey by The Journal of Commerce, while container lines are more bullish about getting much higher rates this year than they have been in years.

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