Container Lines

Container Lines

At a time when the container shipping landscape is constantly evolving, and market dynamics present increasingly complex challenges for the shipping industry, the JOC provides up-to-the-minute news, analysis and business intelligence about the container lines that transport most of the world's trade including Maersk, COSCO, Hapag-Lloyd, CMA CGM, MSCONE, Yang Ming, Zim Integrated Shipping Services, and many others.

JOC’s comprehensive coverage ranges from the latest information about new shipping lines to major changes in company leadership, to in-depth analysis of the pricing and volume trends that directly impact shippers' bottom lines and supply chains. The consolidation of the container shipping sector has resulted in increasingly divergent strategies, with some firms focusing solely on ocean transport while others opt for a more "end-to-end" approach. The JOC’s comprehensive, in-depth coverage probes the consequences of these various strategies for shipping lines, shippers, and other stakeholders of container lines.

Top 40 Container Carriers US Import and Export Trade 2018

Commentary

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News & Analysis

01 Dec 2020
If ship ordering restraint were to be extended pending clarity on zero-carbon ships, the capacity shortage that manifested itself in 2020, and resulting upward pressure on rates, could continue beyond 2021.
30 Nov 2020
The further deterioration in ocean reliability can be seen in vessel bunching this week at the Los Angeles-Long Beach port complex, where 20 container ships were waiting at anchor as of Monday.
30 Nov 2020
The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on demand in the United States and the Caribbean and Central America caused two-way trade between the regions to contract in the first nine months of 2020.
27 Nov 2020
Automation, self-invoicing bolster traditional third-party payment audit model
25 Nov 2020
CMA CGM on Dec. 4 will launch Seapriority Express from Yantian to Los Angeles with guaranteed equipment availability and priority loading in China, and chassis availability in Southern California.
25 Nov 2020
US federal maritime regulator’s decision to increase scrutiny of container lines is part of a larger global effort to monitor how carriers are behaving.
25 Nov 2020
Shippers shouldn’t expect carriers to easily agree to increasing their minimum quantity commitments (MQC) within trans-Pacific service contracts, said Philip Damas, head of Drewry Supply Chain Advisors
24 Nov 2020
Yang Ming has joined the growing list of container lines to offering a digital quoting and booking channel, with its use of software from BlueX Trade also a sign that this trend is taking root in Asia.
20 Nov 2020
The FMC’s order drew immediate support from organizations representing truckers and agricultural exporters, who have testified about carrier practices they say contribute to port congestion and bottlenecks in the international supply chain.
20 Nov 2020
Major and regional container carriers in recent years have added shuttle services on routes connecting ports in Mexico to the United States, particularly Tampa and Miami.
19 Nov 2020
California agricultural exporters say failing to deliver their products on time to overseas customers can result in buyers attempting to “wiggle out” of contracts that contain firm deadlines.
19 Nov 2020
The US Federal Maritime Commission has rejected an argument from container lines that it lacks the authority to hear the American Trucking Associations’ complaint over so-called merchant haulage moves.
18 Nov 2020
While not as high as their prior forecast, shippers in the eastbound trans-Pacific should still expect service contract rates next spring above current levels because carriers will continue their policy of tight capacity management, Drewry says.
18 Nov 2020
Zim this week announced new Asia-Australia and US-Mexico services and said another new service announcement would come soon.
17 Nov 2020
By giving customers a chance to designate shipments for delivery on ships generating fewer emissions than those powered by bunker fuel, CMA CGM is able to capitalize on its unique assets: LNG-powered ships
17 Nov 2020
DCSA and BIC have built a database of 11,000 depots, container yards, maintenance and repair vendors, and other supply chain container facilities in 160 countries.
16 Nov 2020
A coalition of stakeholders says they will consider calling for an update of the Shipping Act of 1984 next year after asking the FMC for more immediate relief on detention and demurrage charges in the US’s two largest port complexes.
13 Nov 2020
Benefitting from equipment shortages in Asia and tight vessel capacity, NVOs continue to gain market share, but it’s the mid-size NVOs who are gaining at the fastest pace.
12 Nov 2020
Moody’s Investors Service’s upgrade of the container shipping industry comes after Drewy last month upgraded its own 2020 profit expectation for the industry by 16 percent to $11 billion.
11 Nov 2020
If creditors reject the restructuring and PIL is liquidated, it could be the biggest container line failure since the collapse of South Korea’s Hanjin Shipping in 2016, although its impact is likely to be significantly less.
10 Nov 2020
US imports from Asia increased more than 10 percent in October, with forwarders forecasting only a modest slowdown in growth through January
10 Nov 2020
Cyber attacks on companies in the global logistics industry are an ever-present threat, but container lines and software providers say hosting systems in the cloud helps combat the threat and aid in recovery.
09 Nov 2020
Retailers say the record peak season of 2020 will be followed by lower year-over-year import growth in the next few months, with the strength of the US economic recovery next year dependent on progress controlling coronavirus disease 2019.
09 Nov 2020
Cloud computing is ubiquitous in the world of commerce, and that’s spread in recent years to container lines, which are using a migration to platforms like Microsoft Azure to develop products quickly and then scale them back without committing resources to a server infrastructure.
06 Nov 2020
Evergreen Line’s ad-hoc service, which connects Asia with the US East Coast via the Suez Canal, is helping e-commerce shippers in the greater Baltimore area meet demand, said William P. Doyle, executive director at Maryland Port Administration.
04 Nov 2020
Trans-Pacific carriers, including those offering premium services, have been unable to fulfill all of their bookings in recent weeks due to the container shortage in Asia.
04 Nov 2020
Matson says e-commerce demand for expedited Asian service will remain high even when the impact of the pandemic COVID-19 recedes.
04 Nov 2020
US agricultural exporters fear that even if they pay higher shipping rates, carriers will still turn down their bookings because liners can generate much higher revenue by using the containers for US imports from Asia.
03 Nov 2020
Twill started as Maersk’s play in the neutral digital forwarding space, but it has shifted its focus to funnel small shipper volumes into Maersk’s logistics and vessel operations network.
02 Nov 2020
Maersk’s integrator strategy is not affecting the carrier’s forwarder customers in a universal way, since the various elements of the transformation impact different sized intermediaries in varying ways.
02 Nov 2020
The busiest US Gulf Coast ports saw only a small decline in throughput during the first seven months of the year despite the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on consumer demand in the US and abroad.
30 Oct 2020
The disruption and unpredictability caused by the pandemic earned trans-Pacific carriers some early 2020 patience from their customers, but that goodwill is fading as service and price diverge sharply as contract talks near.
26 Oct 2020
Although economic forecasts point to a possible weakening in consumer demand, carriers are expected to continue the capacity management discipline they have displayed all year to prevent rate destruction in the trans-Pacific trades
23 Oct 2020
US exporters are crying foul as at least one trans-Pacific carriers has begun turning down shipments of low-revenue agricultural exports in order to expedite the return of empty containers to Asian load ports to carry much higher-paying US imports of consumer merchandise.
22 Oct 2020
TradeLens will use the integration specialist Youredi to offer data providers and consumers on its platform the option to connect their systems to the container visibility and documentation product co-developed by Maersk and IBM.