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Shipping lines face Suez Canal price rise and EU ETS surcharge

Container shipping lines (and by extension shippers) are facing another price increase in January, with the Suez Canal announcing a 15% increase in fees on northbound transits. (more…)

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Container shipping alliances under threat by EU

Container shipping line alliances will from next April no longer enjoy their 15 year exemption from EU rules against anti-competitive agreements, because the EU believes that it was no longer supporting small carriers as intended and it does not boost…

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Freight market report; October 2023

Normal(ish) operations continue at most Israeli sea freight terminals, but a backlog of vessels is growing and while some airlines have resumed services to Israel, the industry is still exercising caution and charter requests are becoming increasingly harder to fulfil.…

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Golden Week blanked sailings growing

Carriers are frantically cutting October sailings from Asia to Europe, to try and get capacity below demand levels, in a final attempt to support rates, before the start of the traditional slack season, because their next opportunity to significantly raise…

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Seize trans-Atlantic opportunities before market rebounds

Once the container shipping lines’ most steady and dependable trade-lane, and then their unexpected post-pandemic cash cow, the trans-Atlantic market has dropped dramatically and offers shippers a significant opportunity, but only if they act now, before the market rebounds. Spot…

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Freight market report – August 2023

While much has been made of the impact of the peak season from Asia on sea freight rates, arguably the line’s capacity management is a bigger driver, with rising rates to the US and attempts to recover revenue from Asia…

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Review of sea freight rates ex Asia

Spot sea freight rates from Asia to Northern Europe spiked last week by 25%, but may now have fallen back over 7%, while average spot rates from Asia to the US West Coast have increased 70% over the last two…

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Shipping line rates update

In early July we reported how Maersk took the market by surprise with an FAK spot rate increase on its Asia-North Europe and Mediterranean services, with other carriers quick to follow their lead and while it remains to be seen…

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