Trade Lanes

In-depth news and analysis of the world's major shipping trade lanes including the trans-Atlantic, trans-Pacific, Asia-Europe and more. The container line landscape is constantly evolving as market dynamics present new challenges to the industry. See how the companies involved have changed as a result of mergers and acquisitions since 1977.

Commentary

Despite the hype, east-west transit shipments through the Northern Sea Route are likely to remain a niche trade.

News & Analysis

15 Dec 2017
The pre-Lunar New Year push so far this year has been erratic.
15 Dec 2017
The intra-Asia trade continues to grow, attracting new services from carriers in the region.
15 Dec 2017
The rate increases announced by several carriers may not have lifted rates by much, but they at least have prevented a slide deep in the low season.
13 Dec 2017
Trans-Pacific rate volatility is likely to continue through 2018, as carriers add capacity and the Transpacific Stabilization Agreement loses another member.
11 Dec 2017
APL was No. 13 on the trans-Atlantic trade in the first three quarters.
11 Dec 2017
The Asia-Europe trade has seen greater volume and higher rates this year, but the backhaul trade has outperformed its larger headhaul counterpart.
09 Dec 2017
CMA CGM has completed its acquisition of Mercosul Line, kicking off a battle for control of the fast-growing Latin American market.
08 Dec 2017
Rates from China to the United States fell this week with ample capacity on the trade and demand starting to weaken.
06 Dec 2017
Maersk transports roughly 20 percent of India’s total containerized cargo.
06 Dec 2017
Latin America leads Maersk's trade lanes in terms of capacity following the completion of the Hamburg Süd takeover, but rising demand is making the routes even more competitive.
01 Dec 2017
The coming month will tell whether carriers can keep capacity discipline beyond the surge ahead of Chinese factory closures.
01 Dec 2017
Spot rates from China to Europe strengthened this week, but the surplus capacity in the trade and the reluctance of carriers to blank sailings will likely limit any sharp increases in the run up to Chinese New Year.
30 Nov 2017
The opening of the Turkmenbashi seaport in Turkmenistan gives shippers interested in using China-Europe rail one more routing option.
29 Nov 2017
European shippers can realize inventory cost and transit times savings via Mediterranean routings.
28 Nov 2017
Independent container lines increased their combined market share as well as their total volume of imports in the third quarter.
24 Nov 2017
The post peak-season slump has continued for trans-Pacific spot rates, while Asia-Europe market prices flattened out this week.
17 Nov 2017
Spot rates from Asia to the West Coast this week fell at a clip nearly twice as fast as rates to the East Coast.
17 Nov 2017
“We have seen freight rates remain fairly steady over the past year.”
17 Nov 2017
Spot rates on Asia-Europe continue their weak season decline despite carrier efforts to raise prices.
14 Nov 2017
Hamburg's HHLA is the latest Europe port to post a strong increase in container throughput with 2017 shaping up as a good year.
10 Nov 2017
Spot rates last week experienced what was probably their last hurrah of peak season 2017.
10 Nov 2017
East and Gulf Coast ports through October grew their import volumes at more than double the pace of West Coast ports.
10 Nov 2017
Rates on Asia-Europe were back in decline this week, and the market fundamentals make it unlikely that prices will increase much before Chinese New Year.
08 Nov 2017
The trans-Atlantic spot market has barely budged when compared with the yo-yo swings on other trades.
06 Nov 2017
The willingness of container carriers to sell capacity to resellers who openly distribute rates to the market is fueling rate volatility.
06 Nov 2017
Analysts continue to highlight the lack of canceled sailings that will leave carriers facing increasingly severe overcapacity as new vessels sail into service and undermine their contract negotiating position.
03 Nov 2017
North Carolina’ port hopes new Central American route will help make up volume loss after collapse of Hanjin Shipping.
03 Nov 2017
Rate increases across the east-west trades in early November could only give container transport prices an incremental bump upwards.
02 Nov 2017
The added Puerto Rico capacity comes as recovery from Hurricane Maria has rekindled debate over the Jones Act.
02 Nov 2017
The growth has been most pronounced on the busiest trades to Russia.
02 Nov 2017
Container volume declines continue at APM Terminals-operated Pipavav Port.
31 Oct 2017
The South Korean carrier has made steady inroads into the trans-Pacific and intra-Asia trades.
30 Oct 2017
China had planned to divert 15 percent of its overall container flows between it and Europe.
30 Oct 2017
Capacity management has enabled the carriers to build profitability in 2017 after six years of losses, but a reluctance to withdraw vessels could drag down gains as service contracts begin.
27 Oct 2017
Spot rates from Asia to the US East and West coasts increased for the first time in two months.