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

19 Jan 2018
Carrier consolidation and projections for continued growth in imports alert BCOs to the growing possibility of rate restoration in 2018, but a former shipping executive said carrier discipline is crucial, if service contract rates are to exceed those of last year.
19 Jan 2018
Importers are shipping with a sense of urgency to bring their merchandise into the US before factories in Asia close down for the Lunar New Year celebrations on Feb 16.
19 Jan 2018
The supply-demand balance will become more favorable to carriers in the second half, believes Jefferies.
19 Jan 2018
Spot rates have flattened on trades from China to Europe and the Mediterranean with Lunar New Year peak season yet to materialize.
18 Jan 2018
Two joint, weekly intra-Asia routes — connecting major ports on India's east and west coasts — are scheduled to start from Shanghai, China, at the end of this month.
18 Jan 2018
With an expanding US economy boosting imports, and carrier consolidation providing leverage on the capacity side, industry experts are putting beneficial cargo owners on notice that the 2018 to 2019 service contracting season could be difficult.
17 Jan 2018
Expanding SM Line will add another China-US West Coast service to its growing portfolio as the carrier continues to grow its market share.
15 Jan 2018
When OOCL is part of Cosco and the three Japanese lines merge soon, most of the container ship capacity will be concentrated in just a few hands.
14 Jan 2018
ILA and USMX officials had hoped to agree on a contract extension that would reassure the hundreds of shippers who will attend the JOC’s annual Trans-Pacific Maritime (TPM) conference March 4-7 in Long Beach, California.
12 Jan 2018
Spot rates are rising into a late Lunar New Year, with a host of carrier rate increases scheduled for early February.