Carriers set to benefit well into next year

Depleted inventories and ecommerce demand will continue to support containerised freight demand. Box shipping is benefiting from high demand and constrained supply. But even if consumer spending patterns revert to type, the sector can expect the new normal of higher rates to remain in place. “We expect healthy trade volumes to persist over the rest of the year. Overall, we’re expecting containerised trade to grow by around 7% this year and that growth story will continue in to 2022.” says MSI Read more in Lloyd’s List

Carriers set to benefit well into next year

Demand boom drives box spot rates to yet new highs

Disruption from the Suez blockage has done little to aid supply chain bottlenecks in Europe, while transpacific trade marches on abundantly amid the ‘greatest re-stocking cycle on US record’. Market fundamentals continue to drive freight rates to unprecedented levels, with a return to so-called ‘trade normalisation’ taking longer than anticipated. Analysts do not expect rate relief to come any sooner than the third quarter in light of sustained supply-demand tightness Read more in Lloyd’s List

Demand boom drives box spot rates to yet new highs

Exporters Take Unusual Steps to Ease Container Shortage

“Exporters and their industry groups are noisier and more active lobbyists on these types of issues,” said Daniel Richards, a senior analyst at Maritime Strategies International Ltd., a shipping consultancy. “When you add to that the importance of the export sector to most Asian economies you can see why these governments have at least made efforts to be seen to be proactive. Read more in Bloomberg

Exporters Take Unusual Steps to Ease Container Shortage

World boxship fleet update: New orders emerge at end of extraordinary year

“A flurry of large containership order at the end of 2020 has increased the industry orderbook back to just over 10% of the fleet, although almost all were orders we already had anticipated would take place in either 2020 or 2021,” said analysts at Maritime Strategies International. Read more in Lloyd’s List

World boxship fleet update: New orders emerge at end of extraordinary year