Matson’s 1Q 2024 earnings dropped sequentially on higher-than-average volume declines as China-US volume dropped 17% QoQ and 4% YoY due to a reduction in the number of voyages as well as lower vessel utilization. Although Matson continues to enjoy premium rates on its express transpacific services, its competitive edge has been eroded as port congestion on the US West Coast has been largely absent since 2023.