Global port congestion is trending down with the delays at US and European ports easing gradually on slowing cargo demand and improved terminal operations. With the threat of the US rail strike now averted, further improve-ments are expected even with the ILWU dockworker contract negotiations on the US West Coast still unresolved. Congestion in North Asia has however edged up with a heavy build up of ships in the Bohai region, with longer waiting times at Qingdao and Busan. The South Korean tru