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

20 Aug 2017
Carriers will have to reduce services or risk upsetting the supply demand balance as a massive injection of capacity is delivered between now and 2019.
18 Aug 2017
At least three carriers have pre-filed general rate increases.
18 Aug 2017
After getting off to such a strong start that rates soared and space on ships ran out, exports from Europe to Asia fell steadily in the second quarter.
18 Aug 2017
Spot rates on Asia-Europe fell slightly this week as carriers and shippers regroup in the second half of a relatively solid peak season.
15 Aug 2017
Niche carriers either greatly overperform or dramatically underperform the top 16 carriers.
15 Aug 2017
Trade between Charleston and the United Kingdom is growing faster than trade between the United States and the United Kingdom as a whole.
14 Aug 2017
Rising demand and improving economies are driving up world container throughput.
11 Aug 2017
Announcements this week from West Coast ports revealed some unusually strong import numbers.
11 Aug 2017
Intermodal rail lifts, a mainstay of Pipavav, seem to be picking up.
11 Aug 2017
Not much spot rate movement on Asia-Europe, but some carriers are planning significant increases from Aug. 15.