Archive: Supply chain

By Paul Kelly in News Posted: 15th, February, 2024

US sea freight spot rates from Asia tracking Europe

Two weeks after sea freight spot rates from Asia to Europe started to peak, when the scramble for capacity ahead of Lunar new Year subsided, it seems that the US…

By Paul Kelly in News Posted: 15th, February, 2024

Bright start to new year for air freight

The early Chinese New Year and shipper concerns about Red Sea supply chain delays contributed to a 10% increase in air cargo volumes last month, putting pressure on rates on…

By Paul Kelly in News Posted: 15th, February, 2024

All change at the shipping alliances

After announcing the end of the 2M alliance Maersk is joining with Hapag-Lloyd to form The Gemini Cooperation, in a move that will shake up the East-West container shipping market.…

By Paul Kelly in News Posted: 1st, February, 2024

Cape diversions are the new normal (for now)

The Houthi attacks on commercial shipping began in December 2023 and show no sign of ending, with the major container shipping lines scheduling the 3,500 mile diversion around the Cape of Good Hope…

By Paul Kelly in News Posted: 13th, December, 2023

Sea freight surcharge review

As the container shipping lines make their first attempt of 2024 at raising freight rates from Asia, with huge GRIs announced for mid-December and January, we review the ‘temporary’ surcharges…

By Paul Kelly in News Posted: 4th, October, 2023

Shippers need to take note of EU-ETS surcharge

New EU emissions regulations are set to come into force in January, covering voyages into, out of and through the EEA and the maritime industry’s cost of compliance could be…

By Paul Kelly in News Posted: 26th, July, 2023

Asia freight market update; July 2023

A subdued peak season, followed by a lengthy slack period, will prompt further rate erosion from Asia to Europe, while rising imports have been driving trans-Pacific spot rates up and…

By Paul Kelly in Uncategorized Posted: 13th, July, 2023

Leading shipping lines announce Asia-Europe price hike

With no significant peak season in evidence and despite record-breaking deliveries of new container ships, the three biggest carriers have announced General Rate Increases (GRIs) effective from the 1st August.…

By Paul Kelly in Blog Posted: 13th, July, 2023

Supply chain resilience in ‘normal’ times

The pandemic accelerated transformation in supply chain operations, as businesses finally understood how critical resilience is and where business leaders once viewed the supply chain as an opportunity to drive…

By Paul Kelly in News Posted: 18th, June, 2023

China and Western supply chains are interlocked

The countries with which China has the closest economic relationships are Western, including America, South Korea, Singapore, Japan and Germany and China’s export industries remain highly dependent on Western demand.…

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