Maersk to Raise Freight Rates from Asia to Europe

Maritime Activity Reports, Inc.

August 26, 2014

Photo: Maersk

Photo: Maersk

The world's biggest container shipping company Maersk Line, a unit of A.P. Moller-Maersk , said it plans to raise freight rates on routes from Asia to northern Europe by $400 per 20-foot container (TEU).

The new rates will take effect from Sep. 1, the company said in a newsletter to shippers on Tuesday.

Higher rates on the busiest freight routes between Asia and northern Europe would help companies, which have been struggling with overcapacity as a result of a weak global economy. Only a handful of container shipping companies posted profits last year.

On average, shipping freight spot rates between Asia and northern Europe fell 7.7 percent to $1,106 per TEU in the last week ended on Aug. 22.

(Reporting by Stine Jacobsen, editing by Terje Solsvik)

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