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May 30, 2023

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Topics on container shipping Container spot freight rates indicate the market is "fundamentally above pre-pandemic rate levels" despite the large falls from the peaks early in 2022. Earlier this year, rates had fallen back to levels last seen in 2019 in some cases, prompting some analysts to suggest carriers were engaging in a price war to secure cargoes as demand retreated. But an analysis by Sea-Intelligence indicates that despite the falls in the first quarter of 2023, freight rates have sta

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May 17, 2023

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US imports to remain ‘well below’ 2022 levels most of the year According to the latest Global Port Trackerreportby the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates, US import volumes are expected to continue climbing throughout the summer. But they will remain far below last year’s record levels. Revising previous projections, the report forecasts imports to the US’s 12 largest ports in the first half of the year to total 10.4m teu, down from earlier projections of 10.8m teu and 22.8% belo

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May 02, 2023

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US shipping bill targets 'unreasonably anti-competitive' agreements The US Congress has unveiled more ocean-shipping-focused legislation for "foreign" carriers. The Ocean Shipping Competition Enforcement Act was introduced by Democrat representative John Garamendi who said shipping is dominated by "nine foreign-flagged ocean liners that openly collude under three carrier alliances handling some 80% of cargo". The act will allow the Federal Maritime Commission to block agreements among ocean car

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April 19, 2023

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Box shipping is down but far from out The end of the pandemic boom was inevitable. But industry discipline and capacity management will mean it is well placed to benefit from a recovery in the second half of this year. The container shipping sector is nowhere near as bad a shape as some think. Shippers should be wary of trying to “nickel and dime” carriers in contract negotiations ahead of a possible upturn in demand. Read more: Lloyd's List SIPG sees record profit for 2022 despite slow c

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April 05, 2023

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Box ports clear congestion as demand falls Falling demand for containerized goods has positively impacted container ports as congestion has declined, and fewer vessel calls have improved productivity. The latest World Ports Tracker Report from the International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH) "confirms the end of the global supply chain crunch," with the last quarter's average call sizes dropped in all port regions compared with the third quarter of 2022. IAPH said the biggest falls wer

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March 22, 2023

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Maersk shifts detention billing to shippers ahead of FMC regulation Maersk will begin billing container detention charges directly to shippers on so-called merchant haulage moves from 1 April, which portends evolving invoicing practices related to potential new requirements from the US Federal Maritime Commission (FMC). The move by Maersk comes as the FMC is in the midst of a rulemaking process around detention and demurrage billing mandated by the passage of the Ocean Shipping Reform Act of 20

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March 08, 2023

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Container lines' challenges, new building deliveries, capacity removal, and negative rates The huge containership order book that began to build in late 2020 is about to start emerging into the world fleet, just as demand falls back to pre-pandemic levels and carriers face lower load factors on their key trades. At least for now, it looks as if all this extra tonnage will hit the liner trades at a time of faltering demand. Carriers are trying to blank sailings to move capacity in line with dem

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February 22, 2023

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Topics regarding the end of 2M Alliance The decision by Mediterranean Shipping Co. and Maersk to end their 2M Alliance will not lead to a breakup of the two other vessel-sharing agreements or spark a round of musical chairs with carriers searching for new partners, according to Maersk CEO Vincent Clerc. Clerc said a way to look at the breakup of 2M was that instead of three major networks on the east-west trades come 2025, and there would now be four — Ocean Alliance, THE Alliance, Maersk, and

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February 08, 2023

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Topics related to the end of 2M Alliance MSC and Maersk will go their separate ways, which pulled back the curtain on another industry era. That means the largest carriers can operate at scale outside of a formal alliance. The potential impact on factors such as long-term pricing can’t be underestimated. Alliances allowed the carriers via their partners to build extensive service networks, distribute and lower the costs of deploying tonnage, increase utilization, and engage in capacity manageme

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January 25, 2023

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Maersk and MSC to discontinue 2M alliance in 2025 Maersk and Mediterranean Shipping Co are to close their 2M alliance vessel-sharing agreement when the arrangement expires in 2025. In recent years, there has been speculation that the alliance was coming under pressure as the world’s two largest container lines’ strategies diverged. Maersk has focused itself on becoming an “integrated provider of container logistics”, while MSC has overtaken Maersk in terms of pure ocean capacity, dramatically

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January 11, 2023

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Lines struggle to push up rates amid weak market fundamentals Container shipping lines are facing an uphill battle to increase rates as market prospects remain bleak. The recent traditional cargo rush ahead of the Chinese New Year holiday improved vessel utilization and boosted carriers’ confidence for a price hike. But the reality is less upbeat than expected. Container freight markets are expected to head further south despite a stabilizing spot rate index seen ahead of the Chinese New Year,

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December 14, 2022

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Topics on container freight rates Container spot freight rates are soon likely to sink below pre-pandemic levels. Declining freight rates are expected to slash container companies’ bottom line by more than half next year. According to maritime research and consultancy firm Drewry, the profits of key liners are expected to fall to $100bn next year from $275bn this year. Read more: Lloyd's List1 | Lloyd's List2 Topics on shipping lines Emerging carriers with smaller vessels deployed on Asi