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Spot rates: will they follow the year of the Dragon or Monkey?

Spot rates: will they follow the year of the Dragon or Monkey?

Container spot rates follow a familiar boom and bust trend before and after Chinese New Year. Drewry examines recent trends to give a clue to the future direction of rates when Year of the Dog celebrations commence.

Latest Trade Routes

Med trade loses momentum

After a blistering start to 2017, Asia to Mediterranean trade slowed in the final three months of the year.

18 Feb 2018

Trade Routes Asia-Mediterranean
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Weak finish

Disappointing volumes in October and November indicate that westbound Asia to North Europe container traffic will lag behind Drewry’s annual forecast.

04 Feb 2018

Trade Routes Asia-North Europe
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Industry at a glance

World Container Index

East-West composite (US$/feu)

IFO 380 Bunker Prices

Rotterdam (USD$ per tonne)

Global Port Throughput

Jan 2008 = 100

Idle Capacity

(teu)

Recent Feature Articles

Garbage time

Garbage time

China’s abrupt decision to place stricter quality thresholds on a range of waste imports puts as much as 5 million teu at risk from becoming landfill.
Container market still competitive

Container market still competitive

With nearly 400 different vessel operators plying their trade worldwide there is plenty of competition and potential for more M&A activity.
Boxed in?

Boxed in?

There is a fear there will be a shortage of containers in the coming year. Is it justified and will a lack of boxes really choke off trade growth?

Trade Routes

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North-South Trade Routes

Asia-East Coast South America (5) Asia-Mid East-South Asia (6) Asia-Oceania (6) Asia-Southern Africa (3) Asia-West Africa (8) Europe-East Coast South America (7) Europe-Mid East-South Asia (6) North America-East Coast South America (3) Select All

Med trade loses momentum


18 Feb 2018 · Trade Route Asia-Mediterranean


After a blistering start to 2017, Asia to Mediterranean trade slowed in the final three months of the year.
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Weak finish


04 Feb 2018 · Trade Route Asia-North Europe


Disappointing volumes in October and November indicate that westbound Asia to North Europe container traffic will lag behind Drewry’s annual forecast.
Read more

Rates pick up ahead of contract season


21 Jan 2018 · Trade Route Asia-East Coast North America


Demand growth in 2017 was king on the Asia-US East Coast trade, where spot rates have recovered in the past few weeks, but remain well below the same period last year.
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Swings and roundabouts


17 Dec 2017 · Trade Route Asia-West Coast North America


The eastbound Asia to West Coast North America market continues its six-year run of strong demand growth, but weak spot rates will damage carriers’ income.
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