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Container Lines Plan Pacific Freight Rate Rise

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Container shipping lines have agreed to raise Asia-U.S. freight rates by $300 per 40-foot container (FEU) to west coast ports of the U.S. and by $400 to all other ports in the U.S from May 15. The increase was agreed by companies in the Transpacific Stabilization Agreement (TSA) which also adopted a $400 per FEU peak season surcharge effective June 15, the TSA said in a statement. The TSA groups 15 of the world's biggest container shipping lines, including Denmark's Maersk Line, a unit of A.P. Moller-Maersk, privately owned Swiss-based Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), French privately held CMA CGM, China's COSCO and South Korea's Hanjin Shipping . The container shipping industry was hit hard by the global economic downturn since 2008 and only a few lines made a profit in 2013 due to supply outstripping demand. Spot freight rates are calculated and published every week by Shanghai Shipping Exchange and the surcharges added to that. Last week rates for transport from Asia to the U.S. West Coast stood at $3,844 per 40-foot container and $6,656 to ports on the east coast. "Carriers continue to play catch-up on rates, which have been effectively stagnant since 2011," TSA Executive Administrator Brian Conrad said. Transpacific container lines are experiencing a surge in eastbound bookings that began in January and is expected to continue into the second half of 2014


Members Of Grand Alliance To Add U.S.-Asia Service

Container shipping line members of the Grand Alliance reportedly will improve their service between North Asia and the U.S.


Atlantic Container Rates To Soar

Starting next year, the price to ship a container across the Atlantic ocean is to soar, as container shipping lines on the Atlantic will be seeking hefty rate increases s next year. Rates for 20 foot containers heading westbound to U.S. Atlantic, Gulf and Pacific ports would rise by $600 from January 1, 2000, carriers in the Trans-Atlantic Conference Agreement (TACA) said. For 40 and 45 ft units the increase would be $750, they said


Container Lines To Impose Surcharges

Container shipping lines operating on the Atlantic will reportedly start imposing surcharges to reflect rising bunker fuel costs. A bunker adjustment factor of $21 per 20 ft container and $42 per 40/45 ft container for traffic to and from U.S. Atlantic/Gulf coast ports will be added from October 13, the Trans-Atlantic Conference Agreement (TACA) said. Meanwhile, container shipping lines in the North Europe - Asia eastbound management agreement (EMA) will raise freight rates beginning Oct


Transpacific Box Shippers Plan Freight Rate Rise

Photo: Maersk Line

A container shipping organisation urged companies on Wednesday to raise Asia-U.S. freight rates by at least $600 per 40-foot container (FEU) from Jan. 15, corresponding to an increase of 26.6 percent from the current level.   The Transpacific Stabilization Agreement (TSA) said the planned increase was part of an ongoing effort by members to reverse a decline in spot rates in the Asia-U.S. freight market.  


Transpacific Container Shippers Plan Price Rise

File photo: containership at dock.

A container shipping organisation urged companies on Wednesday to raise Asia-U.S. freight rates by at least $600 per 40-foot container (FEU) from Jan. 15, corresponding to an increase of 26.6 percent from the current level. The Transpacific Stabilization Agreement (TSA) said the planned increase was part of an ongoing effort by members to reverse a decline in spot rates in the Asia-U.S. freight market. The organisation also said container shipping companies should reinstate a $400 per


Transpacific Container Shippers Plan Freight Rate Rise

A container shipping organisation urged companies on Wednesday to raise Asia-U.S. freight rates by at least $600 per 40-foot container (FEU) from Feb. 9, and indicated that it will follow with a second $600 per FEU increase on March 9.   TSA (Transpacific Stabilization Agreement) said the planned increase follows strong cargo demand through the typically slower winter season and heading into the Lunar Yew Year holidays.  


Neptune Orient Lines Logs Q2 Profit

Singapore's Neptune Orient Lines Ltd (NOL) swung to a tiny net profit in its second quarter after six straight quarters of losses but said it had seen severe freight rate erosion. "The group's container shipping business continued to face a challenging environment characterised by over-capacity and weak market demand," NOL Group CEO Ng Yat Chung said in a statement on Thursday. (http://bit.ly/1MVRJnG) The container shipping line


Chinese Authorities Raid Container-Shipping Firms

Photo: Maersk Line

China's National Development and Reform Commission  (NDRC) is visiting several major container shipping lines’ offices in Shanghai and throughout the country as part of its surcharges investigation.   According to local media reports, NDRC investigators have been combing through emails and files at many liner carrier offices  since Friday.   In September 2015, the Chinese government said that lines had been charging too much for things like bills of lading custody


Maersk Sees Rise in Asia Trade Volume

Pic: Maersk Line

 The world's biggest container shipping line Maersk Line  by capacity estimates  up to a 15% increase in container volumes from Asia to the rest of the world in early 2016, which could indicate that industry demand is on the rise, despite recent issues with weak demand and swelling overcapacity, according to The Wall Street Journal.   Robbert Van Trooijen, CEO of Maersk Line Asia Pacific, said, “There has been more demand certainly this time around than it was last


New Global Shipping Alliance a Reality Soon

Image: Hapag-Lloyd

 Major container shipping lines are preparing a lineup a new tie-up -  a new global alliance - to respond to rapid container shipping consolidation, reports WSJ.   William Doyle, member of U.S. shipping regulator Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) said that representatives of the


Hamburg Süd Reports Sustainably

Courtesy Hamburg Süd

Hamburg Süd is the first container shipping lines to publish its Sustainability Report in accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) G4 Standard Disclosures (Core). Entitled “Setting standards and acting sustainably”


Boxship's Bottom Line Battered Further by Fuel Rules

File image: credit Marad

Container shipping firms' annual costs have risen by a total $500 million due to new sulphur emissions regulations that have forced vessels to use higher cost fuel, the OECD said in a report on Thursday. Rising fuel costs will further hurt an industry already stung by overcapacity


Asia-N.Europe Box Freight Rates Soar 37 pct

File Image: A containership alongside at the port of Hamburg. (credit port of Hamburg)

Freight rates for shipping containers from ports in Asia to Northern Europe jumped 37 percent to $720 per 20-foot container (TEU) in the week ending on Friday, a person with access to data from the Shanghai Containerized Freight Index told Reuters.


Hamburg Port's Rail Network Sets European Benchmark

Courtesy Port of Hamburg

In their “Best route market study for containerised imports to South Germany”, published at the beginning of March, the Drewry Group’s supply-chain consultants investigated via which ports containers imported from Shanghai can be transported fastest and cheapest to southern


Maersk to Increase Asia-Europe Freight Rates

Photo courtesy of Maersk Line

The world's largest container shipping company Maersk Line, owned by A.P. Moller-Maersk, plans to increase freight rates for transporting containers from Asia to Northern Europe by $550 per 20-foot equivalent unit (TEU) from May 1, it said on Tuesday.  


COSCO Chose Alliance Partners Based on Size, Value System

Photo: China COSCO Shipping

China's COSCO Container Lines chose new alliance partners based on size and the value of arrangements, executives from the firm and parent China COSCO Shipping said at a press conference in Shanghai on Wednesday.   The executives said four partners plan to inject 3


Box Shippers Form Asia-focused Ocean Alliance

Photo: CMA CGM

France's CMA CGM and China's COSCO Container Lines are to form a four-way vessel-sharing alliance with Evergreen Line and Orient Overseas Container Line focused on Asia routes, CMA CGM said on Wednesday.   Container shipping has seen route-sharing develop in response to a severe downturn in


Hamburg Süd Reports Growth in a Challenging Year

Photo: Hamburg Süd

 The Hamburg Süd Group reported it has increased its total turnover by 16.8 percent to 6,058 million euros, driven primarily by its takeover and integration of the container operations of the Chilean shipping company Compañía Chilena de Navegación


New Ocean Alliance to Challenge Market Leader

Photo: China COSCO Shipping Corp

 China COSCO Shipping Corp Ltd and three partners, including France's CMA CGM SA, announced a new shipping partnership, OCEAN Alliance, formed to challenge 2M - the world's largest container carrier alliance.   Other members of the new COSCO alliance are Taiwan-based Evergreen Line and


Hamburg Süd Boosted by CCNI Takeover

Photo: Hamburg Süd

 German shipping company  Hamburg Süd raised its revenue last year due to the acquisition of  Chilean line Compañía Chilena de Navegación Interoceánica (CCNI), yet the container business still performed weaker than expected.  


EU to Okay $2.4 bln Box Shipping Deal

File image: the CMA CGM Ben Franklin (Marad)

EU approval conditional on NOL pulling out from G6 alliance. French shipping group CMA CGM's $2.4 billion takeover of Neptune Orient Lines is set to be cleared by the European Union's competition regulators, on condition that NOL pulls out from a rival shipping alliance


Fitch: M&A, Not Alliances to Help Revive Container Shipping

File Image: a containership at the berth in the Port of Savannah, GA (credit: GPA)

The following statement was released by the rating agency: Mergers and acquisitions, rather than the historically more popular alliances, are inevitable to address chronic overcapacity and drive further cost savings in container shipping, Fitch Ratings says


EU Clears CMA CGM, NOL Merger, with Conditions

File image: a CMA CGM containership (Marad)

The European Commission said on Friday it had cleared French shipping group CMA CGM's $2.4 billion takeover of Neptune Orient Lines on condition that NOL pulls out from a rival shipping alliance. The announcement confirms a Reuters report on April 21 about the impending approval.


Hanjin Shipping May Get OK for Restructuring

Photo: Hanjin Shipping

 South Korea’s largest container operator by capacity Hanjin Shipping's creditors are expected to approve a corporate rehabilitation program for the struggling container line, local media reports suggest.    Creditor banks of cash-strapped Hanjin are likely to give the






 
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