Subscribe to our free, weekly email newsletter!

Transpacific may give peak season a pass

By Patrick Burnson, Executive Editor
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.

As we have been reporting, vessel capacity continues to outpace cargo growth, leaving cargo interests with plenty of space on ships and depressed spot rates.

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.


About the Author

Patrick Burnson
Executive Editor

Patrick Burnson is executive editor for Logistics Management and Supply Chain Management Review magazines and web sites. Patrick is a widely-published writer and editor who has spent most of his career covering international trade, global logistics, and supply chain management. He lives and works in San Francisco, providing readers with a Pacific Rim perspective on industry trends and forecasts. You can reach him directly at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Subscribe to Logistics Management magazine

Subscribe today. It's FREE!
Get timely insider information that you can use to better manage your
entire logistics operation.
Start your FREE subscription today!

Recent Entries

Seasonally-adjusted (SA) for-hire truck tonnage in October at 135.7 (2000=100) was up 1.9 percent compared to September’s 133.1, and the ATA’s not seasonally-adjusted (NSA) index, which represents the change in tonnage actually hauled by fleets before any seasonal adjustment was 139.8 in October, which was 0.9 percent ahead of September.

The average price per gallon of diesel gasoline fell 3.7 cents to $2.445 per gallon, according to data issued today by the Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration (EIA). This marks the lowest weekly price for diesel since June 1, 2009, when it was at $2.352 per gallon.

In its report, entitled “Grey is the new Black,” JLL takes a close look at supply chain-related trends that can influence retailers’ approaches to Black Friday.

This year, it's all about the digital supply network. In this virtual conference, we will define the challenges currently facing supply chain organizations and offer solutions designed to transform linear operations into dynamic, automated networks that offer seamless communication, visibility, and the ability to respond and optimize processes at any given time.

In his opening comments assessing the economy at last week’s RailTrends conference hosted by Progressive Railroading magazine and independent railroad analyst Tony Hatch, FTR Senior analyst Larry Gross said the economy continues to slog ahead at a relatively tepid pace, coupled with some volatility in terms of overall GDP growth. And amid that slogging, Gross said there is currently an economic hand-off occurring between the industrial sector and the consumer sector.


Post a comment
Commenting is not available in this channel entry.

© Copyright 2015 Peerless Media LLC, a division of EH Publishing, Inc • 111 Speen Street, Ste 200, Framingham, MA 01701 USA