Spot container rates spiked from the previous week as retailers replenished diminished inventories and after capacity has been reduced through dozens of blank sailings in May.
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Cargo interests report a surge in cargo rolling at Chinese ports, which they attribute largely to unprecedented capacity reductions by carriers for this time of year.
The impact of the US–China trade war and COVID-19 has resulted in a 7.8 percentage point drop in China’s market share of US imports from Asia through the first four months of 2020.
Most US ports have sufficient liquidity and debt service coverage, and should be resilient enough to handle at least a 20 percent decline in cargo volume, according to Moody’s Investors Service.
US imports from Asia declined 1.3 percent in April from the same month last year. It was the seventh consecutive month of year-over-year decline in imports in the eastbound trans-Pacific.
Retailers’ forecasts of US import volumes for the third quarter appear to indicate that the peak-shipping season this fall will be disappointing.
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