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Freeports and freezones: Beyond the call of duty?

Freeports and freezones: Beyond the call of duty?

The concept of freeports has been in the news in the UK recently, as the government has proposed the creation of 10 such entities around the country, promising the creation of thousands of new jobs and the “turbo-charging” of local economies. Laudable aims in theory but the reality is somewhat more challenging.

Latest Trade Routes

On the mend

The westbound Asia-Med trade enjoyed a good start to the year, but recent pricing levels suggest that things are levelling off.

22 Jul 2019

Trade Routes Asia-Mediterranean
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No substitute

Europe’s different manufacturing base means that it is not a perfect alternative to China for US consumers.

07 Jul 2019

Trade Routes North Europe-North America
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Here we go again

Here we go again

Resumption of US-China trade hostilities could give the Transpacific peak season a fillip.

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On the mend


22 Jul 2019 · Trade Route Asia-Mediterranean


The westbound Asia-Med trade enjoyed a good start to the year, but recent pricing levels suggest that things are levelling off.
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No substitute


07 Jul 2019 · Trade Route North Europe-North America


Europe’s different manufacturing base means that it is not a perfect alternative to China for US consumers.
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Prepare for battle


26 May 2019 · Trade Route Asia-East Coast North America


The naïve hope that the US-China trade war was over has quickly vanished, leaving an unpredictable situation for carriers in the Asia-East Coast North America trade.
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After the sugar rush


14 Apr 2019 · Trade Route Asia-West Coast North America


Following the tariff-induced cargo rush of late-2018, container shipments from Asia to West Coast North America dived in 1Q19, denting carriers’ hopes of securing higher annual contracts.
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