Transpacific may give peak season a pass
September 25, 2011
Inbound figures provided by online market intelligence companies may be reliable, but they only tell part of the story.
According to London-based Drewry Shipping Consultants, spot rates on the Transpacific slid 5.6 percent last week to $1,561 per 40-foot container equivalent unit, (FEU) or 37.4 percent below their levels of a year ago.
This weekly index shows that while inbound volumes are better than expected, rate decline signals a soft peak season for pre-holiday imports from Asia.
The Drewry index is based on spot rates reported by non-vessel-operating common carriers in Hong Kong for shipments to Los Angeles. It excludes terminal handling charges in Hong Kong but includes fuel surcharges.
The index hit its 2011 high in January at $2,119 per FEU. Last week’s index was down from last week’s $1,653.
The index bumped up to 21.5 percent to $1,853 per FEU after hitting bottom at $1,525 in early August.
There it remained, at $1,857 for two consecutive weeks before drifting lower during the last three weeks.
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