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By Douglas K at 05:05PM ET | May 19, 2022
Since the beginning of the new year, capacity from Asia to Oceania has slowed down. The two regions largest economies, China and Australia respectively, have seen increased geopolitical tensions which have soured relations, especially regarding trade. According to an article in the Financial Times, trade between the two economies has slowed due to recent COVID-19 outbreaks in China, which has slowed manufacturing and exports from the country, and from political tension as Australia has critiqued China’s geopolitical actions across the East-Asian region ...
By Douglas K at 03:05PM ET | May 12, 2022
As a result of the economic sanctions imposed on Russian public and privately-owned companies and institutions following the country's invasion of Ukraine, Russian entities and their assetshave been prevented from conducting any form of business with much of the world’s economies, most notably the G7 and EU nations . Russian assets among those sanctioned include Russian-based company owned and Russian flagged vessels as well as the country’s largest transportation and logistics company, Far-Eastern Shipping Company (FESCO). Shortly after the sanctions were imposed, FESCO announced they would begin accepting the Chinese yuan as an alternate form of payment to circumvent the restrictions ...
By Douglas K at 04:05PM ET | May 5, 2022
From the end of April 2021 to the end of April 2022, transatlantic capacity experienced highs and lows. Capacity progressively grew until the mid to late months of 2021 before it declined its growth yet became more stable with less fluctuation heading into the new year. However, the most recent month of April has seen another significant increase in the capacity from Europe and the Mediterranean to North America ...
By Douglas K at 04:04PM ET | April 28, 2022
Since January 2022, the capacity along two of the world’s busiest trade routes, Asia to Europe and the Mediterranean, has shifted. So far, as of the latest week of April 2022, the capacity has increased from Asia to Mediterranean and has decreased from Asia to North Europe. The above chart, built using data from BlueWater Reporting’s Capacity Report , shows the capacity changes from the Asia to North Europe and Asia to Mediterranean trade routes since the latest week of November 2021 ...
By Douglas K at 07:04PM ET | April 21, 2022
Capacity to the trade region of South America has been fluctuating from region to region over the past few months. Capacity from the largest trade partner region, Asia, has increased slightly after a decrease was seen later during the previous year. Capacity from the neighboring North America region to South America saw the greatest growth in capacity, as capacity from Europe and the Mediterranean had steadily decreased ...
By Douglas K at 06:04PM ET | April 14, 2022
Over the past several months, capacity from Asia to North America has been somewhat fluctuating. The capacity dipped slightly during February 2022, likely because of the Chinese New Year holidays affecting trade to and from Asia. Since then, the capacity has recovered greatly and is growing to higher levels since before the new year ...
By Douglas K at 04:04PM ET | April 7, 2022
The city of Shanghai, which contains the world’s largest port by container volume, has been in a lockdown since the 28th of March 2022 due to a recent outbreak of the coronavirus. This follows closely after a similar outbreak and ensuing lockdown at the port-city of Shenzhen a couple of weeks prior. As reported by Hapag-Lloyd , the port remains operational with no planned diversions from Shanghai ...
By Douglas K at 04:03PM ET | March 24, 2022
Since the beginning of the new year and throughout the first quarter, the capacity along the Asia to Oceania trade lane, the largest of the Oceaniaroutes, has been slightly declining. Capacity along other Oceania trade routes, in contrast, have slightly increased. The above chart, built using BlueWater Reporting’s Capacity Report , displays the capacity changes since October 2021 along three of the largest trade routes to Oceania; Asia to Oceania, North America to Oceania, and North Europe and the Mediterranean to Oceania ...
By Douglas K at 04:03PM ET | March 17, 2022
Over the past several years, capacity from Europe and the Mediterranean to North America has fluctuated. Last year, the capacity had dropped due to the coronavirus pandemic, but has since recovered as the effects of the pandemic on the economy lessened. Issues for carriers in the later part of 2021 came in the form of unprecedented port congestion ...
By Douglas K at 03:03PM ET | March 3, 2022
In response to the current situation involving the invasion of Ukraine from Russia, carriers have had to adjust their operations around the two countries. This largely comes in response to the economic sanctions imposed upon Russia, as well as safety concerns around the ports. Maersk has announced the cancellation ofall new bookings to/from Russia within ocean, air, and rail transport due to the economic sanctions against Russia ...