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Freight Rate Watch: SCFI rebounded by 10% WoW

The SCFI transpacific rate assessments have rebounded on the back of the 1 November GRI that has brought spot rates to the West Coast above $1,900 per feu and East Coast to above $2,350 per feu. Despite this, the positive momentum on the transpacific routes will be difficult to sustain as capacity will increase through November after the cuts in October while capacity utilization continues to weaken on services to both coasts. Spot Asia-Europe freight rates surged last week ahead of the 1 Nove

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Freight Rate Watch: Sentiment Turned But Sustainability Questionable

Transpacific rates were largely unchanged over the past week with rates to the West Coast rates remaining firmer than the East Coast but sentiment is improving on both coasts as capacity utilization has been stronger than expected with several extra loaders notably by Maersk being added to cater to the overflow cargo. THE Alliance’s announcement late last week of the withdrawal of the EC4 in November will help to remove the surplus capacity on the East Coast especially on the Suez route which i

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Freight Rate Watch: More Blankings from 2M to Arrest Falling Rates

Transpacific rates to the US West Coast enjoyed a minor rebound last week, on the back of strong e-commerce cargo demand after the Chinese Golden Week holidays coinciding with reduced capacity availability due to blanked sailings with week 41 capacity more than 40% less than usual. East Coast rates remained under pressure but the rate of decline has slowed due to reduced capacity availability. But more space will return in November, with current projections showing a 22% increase to the West Co

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Sharp Fall Likely As SCFI Assessment Resumes this week

Transpacific rates were mostly unchanged during the week, with the Chinese holidays producing little rate movements. However, the SCFI assessment is still expected to register a sharp fall when publication resumes this week after the Golden Week holidays, as the actual market rates have already dropped by over $200/feu below the SCFI level. Although carriers have filed for a $1,000/feu rate increase on 15 October and 1 November, both of these increases are not expected to stick given the curre

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Freight Rate Watch: Capacity Cut Not Able To Arrest Falling Rates

The SCFI assessment on the Transpacific shed a further 3.4% last week to the West Coast but it is the East Coast where carriers are facing greater pressure with rates dropping by 5.4%. Spot rates are available in the market at up to $300/feu lower than the SCFI rates, with carriers unable to fill the capacity available despite a 13% drop in average capacity in October on the West Coast and 23% drop in the East Coast. Rates to North Europe have cracked below the 2019 levels and appears to be in

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Freight Rate Watch: FE-NEUR rates made post 2019 low

Transpacific freight rates have continued to drop, but latest SCFI rates have not fully reflected the current market rates that are already $200-300 lower than reported, with rates to the West Coast reaching $1,500 while the the East Coast market is even weaker with rates as low as $2,000 are being offered. Although THE Alliance have announced the withdrawal of the PN3 service in October, the impact is limited as it only accounts for 3% of total capacity on the West Coast. Carriers have not adj

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Freight Rate Watch: Sharp Fall In Spot Rates Across Main Routes

Transpacific freight rates are eroding rapidly, with carriers slashing rates on both the West Coast and East Coast by as much as $500 below the current SCFI assessments. There is little hope of a rate rebound over the October holidays in China despite the increase in the number of blank sailings that will mostly hit Asia last port departures on week 41, with up to 40% of the weekly capacity removed. The lack of permanent capacity cuts will continue to put pressure on transpacific rates. Rates

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Rate Cut Started Soon After 1 Sep GRI

Transpacific freight rates rose by $100 after the 1 September GRI but the rates gains were lower than expected and carriers have already started to cut rates with the outlook turning negative. Several carriers have already withdrawn their transpacific peak season surcharges (PSS), signifying the early end of the peak season even before the Golden Week holidays in China in October. East Coast and PNW rates are under pressure with capacity still in excess supply on these 2 routes compared to the

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Sep 1 GRI the Last Hurray?

Carriers are holding firmly to the transpacific rate increases, with the West Coast rates staying above the $2,000/feu level to the US West Coast and $3,000/feu to the East Coast. Bookings remain strong on lower capacity available through August, but weakness is starting to show with the mid-August gains smaller than initially expected. Transpacific rates will receive another boost from the 1 September rate increase but further increases will be limited unless trade demand rebounds significant

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Further Rise in USWC Spot Rates Set Stage for Mid August GRI

SCFI rates breached the $2,000/feu level to the US West Coast  and $3,000/feu to the East Coast for the first time since October 2022 and December 2022 respectively. Transpacific carriers will further extend their rate gains with the mid August rate increase almost certain to be pushed through successfully with bookings remaining very strong on lower capacity available through August. Capacity availability will pick up in September on both the WC and EC routes, which will test the carriers abi

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