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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.

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

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

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.  

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

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

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. ( The container shipping line

Container Shipping Industry Calls for Climate Action

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 Members of BSR’s Clean Cargo Working Group (CCWG) have agreed on a climate action statement and call to action for the container shipping sector and its value chain to support private-sector contributions for the global goals on climate change.   

Cosco Raises $1.8bln Capital

Photo: COSCO

 China’s COSCO Shipping Development Co Ltd  announced a proposed nonpublic issuance of about 3.28 billion shares to specific investors, including its parent company, to raise up to 12 billion yuan ($1.79 billion), reports China Daily.  

Concor Consortium to Bid for Colombo Container Terminal

Photo:  Colombo International Container Terminals Ltd

 Container Corporation of India (Concor) has  formed a consortium with APM Terminals B.V., John Keells Holdings and Maersk Line in order to bid for the development of East Container Terminal in Colombo, reports Hindu Business Line.  

Container Shipping Line of the Year Award Goes to MSC India

Photo: Mediterranean Shipping Company (U.K.) Ltd

 MSC India is celebrating winning an award at a prestigious trade event. The agency took the prize for Container Shipping Line of the Year India - Europe Trade Lane in the 7th All India Maritime and Logistics Awards.   Held at the St Regis Hotel in Mumbai

Liner Sector Consolidation

Graph: Clarksons Research

 What does the story of the collapse of Korean container shipping line Hanjin  illustrate in terms of the journey undergone by the liner sector in modern times? Clarksons Research analyses the biggest headlines that the container, or any other

Maersk Mulls Quick Acquisitions

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 Danish shipping giant A.P. Moeller-Maersk A/S’s container altered its strategy this month by planning to expand its fleet through acquisition, breaking from its previous preference of building its own boats, reports Forbes.  

Container Shippers Raided in S.Africa over Suspected Collusion

File photo: Maersk Line

Six of the world's biggest container shipping companies were raided by South African authorities on Wednesday on suspicion of colluding to inflate rates between Asia and South Africa, the country's Competition Commission said.   The development comes as global container lines struggle in

Agility, Maersk Join to Slash CO2 Emissions

​From left to right: Mark Guenter, Key Client Manager, Maersk Line; Michael Hansen, Global Head of Sales, Maersk Line; Cas Pouderoyen, Senior Vice President for Global Ocean Freight, Agility Logistics; Vincent Clerc, CCO, Maersk Line

 Agility Logistics, a leading global logistics provider, has signed an agreement with Maersk Line, to cut CO2 emissions by 15% per container transported for Agility shipments by 2020.   The agreement is part of Maersk’s Carbon Pact Challenge

Fitch: Maersk Gets Little Solace from Sectoral Diversification

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 The decision by A.P. Moeller-Maersk A/S to split into two separate divisions - Transport & Logistics and Energy - reflects the challenging fundamentals in the sectors in which it operates, and diminishing counter-cyclical benefits of operating in them in the current economic cycle

Hanjin Gets $45 Million Credit Line From KDB

Photo: Hanjin Shipping Co

 Korea Development Bank has offered a conditional credit line of 50 billion won ($45 million) to help ease supply-chain disruptions caused by the collapse of Hanjin Shipping Co, says a report in Reuters.   An estimated $14 billion of cargo was trapped on Hanjin ships when the world's

CMA CGM sees Opportunity in Hanjin collapse

A CMA CGM Containership (credit: Marad)

CMA CGM will look at opportunities in container shipping triggered by the collapse of South Korea's Hanjin Shipping, the French group's vice chairman said on Tuesday. Hanjin, the world's seventh largest container line, filed for receivership last month

Oakland Added to Transpacific Shipping Route

Photo: Oakland Seaport

 A Transpacific shipping route linking Asia and the U.S. will add weekly Port of Oakland stops beginning in November.  The Port said that  Oakland will become the sixth stop in the service operated by three Asian shipping lines.  

Seaspan CEO: Hanjin Fallout Is Like Lehman for Shipping

Photo: Hanjin Shipping Co

 Seaspan Corp  chairman and ceo Gerry Wang has described the bankruptcy of South Korea’s biggest container line Hanjin Shipping Co as the industry’s equivalent of the Lehman Brothers collapse that triggered the global financial crisis, reports Bloomberg.  

Virginia Port Update on Handling of Hanjin, CKYHE Cargo


In light of the recent bankruptcy filing by Hanjin Shipping, The Port of Virginia has updated its policies and processes regarding the movement and loading of Hanjin vessels and containers. The following policy is effective as of Sept. 1, 2016:

OOCL Won't Accept Hanjin Cargo

Hong Kong's Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL) said it has stopped loading cargoes and containers from South Korea's Hanjin Shipping Co Ltd , which has filed for court receivership. OOCL's cargo units will also no longer be loaded on vessels operated by Hanjin Shipping

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