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Asia-North America allocated capacity up from 2017
By Robert King on 15 October 2018
Estimated weekly allocated capacity on the Asia-North America trade has increased year over year. 
  This chart from BlueWater Reporting displays a quarterly snapshot of estimated weekly allocated capacity on the Asia-North America trade lane.
  Through the first three quarters of 2018, ending Sept. 30, total weekly allocated capacity on the Asia-North America trade equaled 2,546,483 TEUs, compared with 2,361,466 TEUs over the same period in 2017. This means current capacity numbers are up 185,017 TEUs, or almost 8 percent higher than this time last year.
  Peak capacity over the last two years was attained in the second quarter of 2018 with a total allocated capacity of 891,567 TEUs per week. Compare this with peak capacity at the close of the second quarter of 2017 with 806,012 TEUs, almost 11 percent less than 2018.
  For the September 2018 reporting period, the estimated allocated capacity on the Asia to North America trade totaled 432,084 TEUs, a year-over-year increase of 23,215 TEUs or 5.7 percent. The return on the North America to Asia trade totaled 434,047 TEUs, up 5.9 percent from September 2017, an increase of 30,843 TEUs.
  Also of note, 2018 has shown consecutive quarters of higher allocated capacity on the Asia to North America trade compared to the return leg. While the gap has narrowed by the close of Q3 2018, there is still a difference of 1,245 TEUs for 2018. Over the same period in 2017, Asia to North America capacity was 4,948 TEUs greater than that of the return.