Container Lines

Container Lines

At a time when the container shipping landscape is constantly evolving, and market dynamics present increasingly complex challenges for the shipping industry, the JOC provides up-to-the-minute news, analysis and business intelligence about the container lines that transport most of the world's trade including Maersk, COSCO, Hapag-Lloyd, CMA CGM, MSCONE, Yang Ming, Zim Integrated Shipping Services, and many others.

JOC’s comprehensive coverage ranges from the latest information about new shipping lines to major changes in company leadership, to in-depth analysis of the pricing and volume trends that directly impact shippers' bottom lines and supply chains. The consolidation of the container shipping sector has resulted in increasingly divergent strategies, with some firms focusing solely on ocean transport while others opt for a more "end-to-end" approach. The JOC’s comprehensive, in-depth coverage probes the consequences of these various strategies for shipping lines, shippers, and other stakeholders of container lines.

Top 40 Container Carriers US Import and Export Trade 2018

Commentary

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News & Analysis

25 May 2022
US retail spending is increasing despite inflationary pressures, while bookings and port volumes remain strong, suggesting the inventory warnings of Walmart and Target have not hit the larger retail industry yet.
23 May 2022
Major carriers are skipping port calls and changing around schedules for services into Canada and the US East and Coast amid high congestion and vessel delays.
19 May 2022
The Port of Mobile said a new weekly service to and from Guatemala and Honduras will allow shippers to tap the growing trade between the US and Central America.
19 May 2022
Profits reaped by carriers during the COVID-19 pandemic will result in greater strategic differentiation among carriers, while tensions with China could cause shippers to rethink their reliance on the world’s manufacturing hub.
18 May 2022
Executives say Zim will use its record quarterly profits to pay shareholder dividends, purchase new ships, and possibly to acquire a regional intra-Asia line, if the right opportunity arises.
17 May 2022
Fresh Del Monte is offering slots and logistics services to other companies as the fresh produce shipper sees an opportunity to use six new vessels to drive logistics services.
17 May 2022
Hapag-Lloyd's sensor initiative is aimed at maximizing the use of its container fleet in an environment where global port congestion has reduced the number of turns each box makes on an annual basis.
17 May 2022
Top carriers operating out of India have revived no-show container fees, which range between $100 and $400 per box but can go as high as $1,000 for low-volume spot customers.
13 May 2022
Container line earnings continue to hit record highs for the first quarter, with HMM the latest carrier to report a highly profitable start to the year.
12 May 2022
Uncertainty surrounding the timing and speed at which Shanghai’s logistics sector will fully reopen after COVID lockdowns is making it difficult for US shippers and forwarders to plan for the second half of the year.
12 May 2022
The new director of the Port of New York and New Jersey said Shanghai’s COVID-19 lockdown is not causing any slowdown at the port because of an increasing number of containers from South Asia and the Indian subcontinent.
12 May 2022
With elevated contract rates already locked in, Hapag-Lloyd says a deteriorating spot market will not be enough to prevent another year of record profitability for the carrier.
10 May 2022
The presence of container shippers at JOC’s recent breakbulk conference shows that while global container volumes are slowing, plenty of logistics managers are concerned enough about future capacity on US trades.
09 May 2022
US retailers are moving shipments forward in a bid to build inventories before inflation drives prices too high and weakens consumer spending.
09 May 2022
China’s COVID lockdowns, the war in Ukraine, soaring energy prices, and declining global container volumes are muddying the trade outlook waters this year.
06 May 2022
California’s two senators are pushing ocean carriers to provide more export containers to stem billions of dollars in losses they say the state’s agricultural industry has suffered recently.
05 May 2022
Amid heightened scrutiny from Washington, US regulators want the three major container shipping alliances to report more detailed information on pricing and capacity deployment on services in which they share slot capacity.
05 May 2022
For the second time in two weeks, a container line has been assessed a US civil penalty for collecting detention fees last year when it allegedly did not provide drayage providers with a means to return empty containers.
04 May 2022
Hapag-Lloyd’s investment in container tracking hardware has visibility providers hoping to capitalize on better container location data to feed to their shipper customers.
04 May 2022
Chinese exporters could produce another trans-Pacific bullwhip when stalled shipments start moving again, with major stakeholders warning of a surge of delayed shipments.
04 May 2022
Maersk has most of its capacity locked in under annual or multi-year deals, which company executives believe will drive continued profitability even with falling spot rates and slowing demand.
04 May 2022
Beyond COVID, it’s time to start thinking about coming developments in ocean shipping, including the potential breakup — and reassembly — of the container carrier alliances, writes JOC analyst Lars Jensen. 
03 May 2022
In the first four months of 2022, fewer than half of ocean freight contracts signed across 13 major trade lanes have been annual in duration, as shippers try new procurement strategies to wade through constrained vessel capacity.
29 Apr 2022
Hapag-Lloyd's move to equip its entire box fleet with sensors could herald a new era that unlocks new tools beyond mere visibility for carriers, even if tracking devices aren’t a cure-all for shipper supply chain woes.
29 Apr 2022
Mediterranean Shipping Co. has added Philadelphia to its weekly service from India amid strengthening freight rates to the US East Coast.
28 Apr 2022
On-time vessel reliability improved in March for vessels arriving at US ports from Asia, but a disparity in the gains showed how upcoming labor negotiations on the West Coast are affecting US ocean shipping dynamics.
28 Apr 2022
Singapore-based ONE reported its third consecutive year of profitability during which flat volume was massively offset by rising rates and 100 percent utilization on major trade lanes.
27 Apr 2022
Hapag-Lloyd has started a new Mediterranean service into the Port of Virginia that will also offer trans-continental intermodal service to the West Coast.
27 Apr 2022
The longer the Chinese lockdowns last the more intense the scramble by US importers to secure factory production and transport capacity, potentially mirroring the whiplash of order cancellations in early 2020 that were followed by unprecedented demand.
26 Apr 2022
A new office near Washington, DC, is intended to help the CMA CGM–backed startup accelerator ZEBOX attract technology that can help its corporate partners in North America advance their digital logistics initiatives.
26 Apr 2022
Hapag-Lloyd is betting customers will eventually demand that all its containers be trackable by sensors, leading it to commit to equipping its fleet of 3 million dry boxes starting next year.
26 Apr 2022
Maersk has signaled that another exceptionally profitable year is on tap after the carrier dramatically upped its 2022 earnings forecast.
25 Apr 2022
Seven ocean carriers blocked empty container returns to New York-New Jersey marine terminals last week as import volumes swell due to West Coast freight diversions.
22 Apr 2022
The ruling against Hapag-Lloyd could well be a bellwether for future actions against shipping lines relating to what shippers and drayage providers consider unfair assessment of demurrage and detention fees.
22 Apr 2022
Despite a modest increase of 2.7 percent in imports from Asia in the first quarter, continued congestion at major US gateways indicates port-related supply chains will struggle with even single-digit growth in imports this year.