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Friday, June 24, 2022
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Spot Container Freight Rates Dip Below Long-Term on Transpacific

By Gavin van Marle (The Loadstar) – Spot container freight rates on the main east-west deepsea headhaul trades continued to edge downwards this week,

June 24, 2022
Total Views: 483

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Shipper Complaint Accuses Yang Ming and HMM of Collusion and Profiteering

By Nick Savvides (The Loadstar) – An Illinois shipper is suing Taiwanese operator Yang Ming and South Korean carrier HMM, claiming they benefited

June 22, 2022
Total Views: 1201

Thursday, June 16, 2022

Carriers Battle to Ease Congestion at Northern European Ports

By Mike Wackett (The Loadstar) – Maersk is looking to overland Asian containers at less-congested North European ports and evacuate long-stay imports to

June 16, 2022
Total Views: 723

Monday, June 13, 2022

German Ports Brace for More Strikes as Pay Talks Fail

By Mike Wackett (The Loadstar) – Shipping lines serving North Europe’s third-biggest container port, Hamburg, are bracing for further industrial

June 13, 2022
Total Views: 2334

Friday, June 10, 2022

Spot Rates Set to Spike as Strikes and Congestion Hit North Europe

By Mike Wackett (The Loadstar) – Despite a softening in demand, container spot rates from Asia to North Europe could be set to spike in the coming

June 10, 2022
Total Views: 799

Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Major Transpacific Carriers Expect Contract Earnings to Soar in Second Half

By Mike Wackett (The Loadstar) – Ocean carriers with a greater percentage of their business focused on the Asia and North America trades are likely to

June 8, 2022
Total Views: 713

Friday, June 3, 2022

Shippers ‘Bled Dry’ as Long-Term Contract Rates Soar Above Spot

By Mike Wackett (The Loadstar) – Long-term container line contract rate agreements have reached new highs and, in some cases, are in excess of spot

June 3, 2022
Total Views: 1962

Wednesday, June 1, 2022

North Europe Container Ports at Capacity Ahead of Peak Season

By Mike Wackett (The Loadstar) – With a wave of import containers expected from Shanghai’s reopening and peak season just around the corner, North

June 1, 2022
Total Views: 1115

Friday, May 27, 2022

China’s COVID Lockdowns: Is the Shanghai ‘Bullwhip’ Ready to Crack?

By Mike Wackett (The Loadstar) – With Shanghai on the cusp of unlocking its manufacturing and unshackling frustrated container exports, spot rates from

May 27, 2022
Total Views: 1594

Wednesday, May 25, 2022
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Ocean Carriers’ Golden Summer May Be Postponed as Profits Plateau

By Mike Wackett (The Loadstar) – There was another new record for ocean carrier earnings in Q1, but with operating costs spiralling and spot rates

May 25, 2022
Total Views: 1103

Friday, May 20, 2022

Carriers’ Blank Sailings Check Rates Decline as Regulators Watch On

By Mike Wackett (The Loadstar) – The ‘drip-drip’ erosion of container spot rates on the transpacific and Asia-Europe tradelanes since the Chinese

May 20, 2022
Total Views: 1337

Tuesday, May 17, 2022
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U.S. Container Imports Jump in April as Coastal Shift Continues

By Mike Wackett (The Loadstar) – The seven-week Covid lockdown in Shanghai, prompting carriers to blank a third of export sailings on the Asia-Europe

May 17, 2022
Total Views: 2144

Friday, May 13, 2022

Horizon Murky for Container Shipping as Carriers Report Big Returns 

By Mike Wackett (The Loadstar) – As container spot rates continue to wane and close in on contract rates two more ocean carriers have reported record

May 13, 2022
Total Views: 3567

Tuesday, May 10, 2022
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Carriers Blank More Sailings as China’s COVID Lockdowns Continue

By Mike Wackett (The Loadstar) – Ocean carrier alliances are preparing to blank more than a third of their sailings from Asia over the coming weeks in

May 10, 2022
Total Views: 1576

Tuesday, May 3, 2022
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Ad-Hoc Carriers and Retail Charters Hit By China Lockdowns

By Mike Wackett (The Loadstar) – The combination of Covid lockdown cargo delays in China and congestion at US east coast ports has prompted alliance

May 3, 2022
Total Views: 1112

Thursday, April 28, 2022
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ONE Reports Record $16.8 Billion Profit for Fiscal Year But Outlook Uncertain

By Mike Wackett (The Loadstar) – Japanese ocean carrier ONE has reported a record net profit of $16.8bn for its financial year ending 31 March –

April 28, 2022
Total Views: 871

Monday, April 25, 2022
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Hapag-Lloyd Fined in U.S. for Erroneous D&D Charges 

By Gavin van Marle (The Loadstar) – German carrier Hapag-Lloyd has been ordered to pay $822,220 in civil penalties for 14 violations – $58,730 for

April 25, 2022
Total Views: 5256

Wednesday, April 20, 2022
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OOCL Making Aggresive Grab for Asia-Europe Market Share

By Mike Wackett (The Loadstar) – OOCL’s first-quarter operational numbers not only confirm the unflagging colossal profitability of the liner

April 20, 2022
Total Views: 1543

Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Alarm Over Rising Container Dwell Times at West Coast Ports Prompts Calls for More Rail Support

By Ian Putzger in Toronto (The Loadstar) – Concern over lengthening container dwell times at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach has caused U.S.

April 19, 2022
Total Views: 2101

Friday, April 15, 2022
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Shippers Seek Alternatives to Southeast China Ports Hit By Covid Lockdowns

By Sam Whelan (The Loadstar) – As supply chain uncertainty at China’s key port cities drags on, shippers are hunting for alternative cargo options

April 15, 2022
Total Views: 1470