After a year of consistent drops in ocean freight rates, September finally saw a small boost of 0.2% according to the global XSI®. Though it's still 62.2% below last August's peak, this little uptick offers a glimmer of hope for carriers looking for signs of market recovery.
By the end of Q3, the global XSI® was down by 16.5% compared to the previous quarter. This dip will show in the industry's Q3 results, hinting that carriers, particularly those in the long-term market, will report even lower freight rates than in a challenging Q2.
European Imports & Exports
In September, the European imports sub-index increased by 1.8% to 182.0 points, though it's down 59.3% from last year. As European shippers gear up for the major tendering season, this boost is a relief amidst consistent declines in the XSI®. Conversely, the European exports index dipped by 2.2% to 183.9 points, its lowest since October 2021.
US Imports & Exports
The XSI® for US imports plummeted to 192.4 points, its lowest since June 2021, yet remains the highest sub-index. As spot rates rise amidst falling long-term rates, shippers should consider securing new contracts. Meanwhile, the US exports XSI® dropped slightly, but its year-on-year decrease is notably less severe than other indices, reflecting its historically steadier rates.
Far East Import & Exports
In September, the index for Far East exports, the world's largest trade, grew to 164.1 points, marking a 1.4% rise after thirteen consecutive monthly declines. Meanwhile, the import index into the region decreased by 1.5% to 1160 points, erasing nearly all gains from the past two and a half years. The last time rates for long-term contracts into the Far East were this low was in January 2021, but by February 2021, carriers had boosted the index by 35.7 points due to soaring spot rates.
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Note: Xeneta's XSI® is compiled from the latest crowd-sourced ocean freight rate data aggregated worldwide. Companies participating in the benchmarking and market analytics platform include names such as ABB, Electrolux, Continental, Unilever, Nestle, L'Oréal, Thyssenkrupp, Volvo Group and John Deere, amongst others.
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