Bill Mongelluzzo

Bill Mongelluzzo

Bill Mongelluzzo is senior editor with The Journal of Commerce, based in Long Beach, Calif.

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Declining eastbound trans-Pacific container spot rates this week indicate that predictions of a weak peak season could be accurate.

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Firming trans-Pac spot rates signal calmer peak
Spot rates in the eastbound Pacific are starting to firm, but will not increase as dramatically as they did during the 2018 peak season because importers are taking tariff announcements in stride.
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