30 Jan 2023

Shipping Alliances

  The two largest global container lines have mutually agreed to end their vessel-sharing partnership in January 2025. A joint statement by Vincent Clerc, CEO of A. P. Moller – Maersk, and Soren Toft, CEO of MSC, said that discontinuing the vessel-sharing alliance would allow both companies to “pursue their individual strategies”. Consultant Drewry observed […]

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14 Jan 2023

China, Europe and U.S. Continue to Face Maritime Trade Disruptions

CHINA: The heatwave in China has forced some manufacturers in 19 cities and jurisdictions in China to shut down production for six days due to government-planned power cuts. Manufacturing power disruptions are also reported in Shanghai. The interruption is creating more bumps in the road with the approaching seven-day Golden Week holiday in October as […]

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12 Sep 2022

Carriers Struggle with Schedule Integrity as Port Congestion Worsens in North Europe

Alliance carriers need to add three ships per loop to sustain weekly frequency and maintain schedule integrity on the Asia-North Europe corridor, Alphaliner analysis showed. After assessing the completion of round-trip voyages between 1 May and 15 May, Alphaliner noted that ships on Asia-North Europe loops arrived back in China, on average 20 days late […]

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06 Apr 2022

Europe Air Freight Status Update

Demand continues to increase, the upcoming change in season is seeing an increase in air freight requests for inventory to be stocked for Summer. To ensure goods arrive quickly, consider smaller batches of cargo across multiple uplifts. Rates are at a stable high due to capacity constraints, Jet fuel prices starting to decrease however the […]

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26 Mar 2022

Widespread shipping fallout following Ukraine invasion

  Paul Bartlett  Seatrade Maritime New   The cost of fuel reflects the most immediate impact on shipping of the conflict. However, in the weeks ahead, analysts predict a broad fallout from Russia’s aggression which has generated widespread condemnation and protests too from ordinary Russian people. The bunker price hikes did not mirror the leap […]

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07 Mar 2022

Russia-Ukraine Sanctions

Jackson Wood Global Trade Intelligence Descartes   Western nations, including the United States, the United Kingdom and European Union along with Japan, Australia, Switzerland, New Zealand and Canada have imposed what they describe as “strong” and “severe” sanctions on Russia, following Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine. The new restrictions – which focus on additional individuals being […]

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