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Opinion: Mega Ships Dilemma and an Economic Slowdown

By | on Feb 07, 2019 | Market Observations, Shipping rates

(IMAGE: Robyn Beck / AFP/Getty Images) Short-term container rates on the China Main ports to North Europe Main ports have seen a slight drop since the beginning of the year. However, compared to Sprin[...]

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IMO 2020 Regulation: Fuel Transparency Key for the Industry

By | on Nov 05, 2018 | Shipping rates, IMO 2020, Market Observations

IMO 2020 is a current hot topic in our industry and one that affects all stakeholders in one way or the other. Last month, we had the pleasure to welcome Neil Dekker, Shipping Consultant, as a speaker[...]

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September 2018: Container Rate Developments

By | on Sep 12, 2018 | Shipping rates, Ocean freight, Market Observations

Audio version:    For some trade corridors, September 2018 has proven to be a month of uncertainty due to tariffs causing slight frenzy from shippers and carriers taking the opportunity to jack up rat[...]

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August 2018: Container Rate Developments

By | on Aug 17, 2018 | Shipping rates, Ocean freight, Market Observations

We've naturally been tracking the latest ocean freight rate developments over the summer. There is lots to report on and with rates fluctuating (as usual) and bunker costs causing nightmares for suppl[...]

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[Get Webinar] How External Factors Affect Ocean Freight Rates

By | on Mar 28, 2018 | Ocean freight, Procurement, Market Observations, Freight Quote, Container Capacity, Logistics, Supply Chain

As a procurement or logistics professional, you would be aware how ocean freight rates are volatile. There are numerous factors contributing to this price volatility in container freight rates.

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[Get Webinar] Interplay between short and long-term rates

By | on Feb 27, 2018 | Benchmarking, Shipping rates, Ocean freight, Procurement, Data driven, Freight Quote, Market Observations

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The Greats of Shipping Business Journalism

By | on Dec 29, 2017 | Market Observations

  Throughout 2017, we've had the pleasure to speak to and collaborate with some of the best shipping journalists. We've also shared some of our favorite reads via our social media channels, offering u[...]

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The Biggest Stories From the Global Shipping Industry in 2017 (Part 2)

By | on Dec 27, 2017 | Freight Costs, Shipping rates, Market Observations

This is the second part of our series, "The Biggest Stories From the Global Shipping Industry in 2017". Click here to read part 1. As the 2017 peak season winds down for ocean carriers, a look back fi[...]

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The Biggest Stories From the Global Shipping Industry in 2017 (Part 1)

By | on Dec 20, 2017 | Freight Industry, Market Observations

As we get ready to turn the page of yet another year, it’s always a good idea to look at the events of the past. With the major milestones and benchmarks of 2017 setting the path and pace for the year[...]

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Update: Global Container Shipping Alliances

By | on Dec 07, 2017 | Infographic, Market Observations

Here is an updated handy overview to help you stay on top of shipping alliances. A short summary of the alliances' impact on the container market and some thoughts on who is benefiting in the industry[...]

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