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Larger vessels headed to North America instead of Mexico
Researcher: Robert King
Posted Date: 9 November 2018
Larger vessels are moving onto the Asia to North America trade lane
   Due to pending tariffs between the United States and China, larger ships have been rotated onto the Transpacific trade and have increased the average vessel capacity of services calling North America (U.S. and Canada) this year.
   Unexpectedly, these vessels are still smaller than the average size vessels calling Mexico from Asia.
   This chart from BlueWater Reporting was generated using the 'Capacity Report (w/filters)' application and displays data highlighting the average vessel capacities covering all services from Asia to North America, as well as all services from Asia to Mexico.
   This report displays the average vessel capacities (in TEUs) per quarter from the week of Jan. 28 through the week of Oct. 28.
   As of January, average vessel capacities were 7,563 TEUs for the Asia to North America trade, and 8,504 TEUs on the Asia to Mexico trade.
   That gap in capacity increased through April when the average vessel capacity on the Asia to North America trade dropped to 7,497 TEUs, while the average capacity increased on the Asia to Mexico trade to 8,557 TEUs.
   A reversal of this trend occurred by October, when average capacity for the Asia to North America trade skyrocketed to 8,080 TEUs, while average vessel capacity on the Asia to Mexico trade slipped down to 8,451 TEUs.
   Traditionally, there is a downturn in capacity following the Christmas rush in the third quarter, but we see no evidence of that at the current time.