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Freight market report – July 2023

A subdued peak season, followed by a lengthy slack period, will prompt further rate erosion and while the Asia to Europe sea freight trade-lane has been relatively healthy and positive in June, with record numbers of new- build capacity being…

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Lines follow Maersk rate rise from China

Container shipping line Maersk took the market by surprise last Monday, announcing that it would impose a 49% freight all kinds (FAK) spot rate increase on its Asia-North Europe services, with other carriers quick to follow their lead. At this…

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North American supply chain latest

While it looks like a strike has been avoided on the US West Coast, further up the coast, ILWU Canada are due to strike in Saturday, which will impact Vancouver and cargo destined for the US Mid-West, while the Panama…

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Freight market report – June 2023

While Europe’s GDP growth is projected to slow to 0.7% in 2023, record volumes of new ships are joining a global fleet, which is sailing at ever slower speeds, as the shipping lines attempt to absorb additional capacity, by diminishing…

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US West Coast deal agreed, but East Coast facing own challenges

Industrial actions by ILWU locals in the Pacific Northwest and Southern California, which lasted a week, were lifted on Monday and after Whitehouse intervention a new contract agreement has been announced, but Panama Canal navigation restrictions are impacting vessels serving…

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New Heathrow ‘sensitive’ cargo handling facility

The opening of IAG Cargo’s ‘New Premia’ facility and the addition of critical cargo handling capability at our local airport will offer greater efficiencies for temperature sensitive consignments. The New Premia incorporates IAG Cargo’s state-of-the-art Constant Climate Quality Centre, which…

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Freight market report – May 2023

Capacity utilisation had remained high from Asia, primarily due to blank sailings and a slight recovery in cargo, but utilisation levels slipped due to China’s Golden Week holidays and while global air freight capacity was up 15% last month, rate…

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The sea freight model from China is changing

With the break up of Maersk and MSC’s 2M alliance in under two years, the shipping line alliance structure that has given the biggest container carriers the power to adapt services and capacity to maximise profitability will end. The 2M…

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