Transportation Updates

While contract season has come to a close, there’s still plenty in motion within the world of international transportation. See the below article highlights for a broader understanding of areas at play from resource leaders.

Ocean Carriers Announce the 10th General Rate Increase of 2023

  • GRIs of $1000.00 from ASIA to the USA, effective May 15th & June 1st include: CMA CGM, COSCO, Evergreen, Hapag Lloyd, HMM, ONE and ZIM.

Cosco GRI applies to service contract only.

Ocean Carrier Service Contracts Due May 1st

Ocean carriers are striving to keep the freight direction up by adjusting slot availability and maintaining freight rates because the volume of goods being moved has significantly decreased. They must keep spot rates high to justify shippers paying slightly higher contract rates.

  • Asia-U.S. volumes have declined by double digits for seven consecutive months. In March, container traffic from 10 Asian countries in North America decreased 32%, YOY.
  • China, the largest exporter of consumer goods, saw a 37% decrease in its March exports to North America, YOY.
  • South Korea, the second largest, saw a 17% decrease in its March exports to North America, YOY.
  • Vietnam, which has been growing as a manufacturing center at China’s expense, saw a 31% decrease in its March exports to North America, YOY.
  • Taiwan saw a 33% decrease in its March exports to North America, YOY

Freight forwarders (NVOCCS) are wrapping up their contract negotiations with ocean carriers and the data reflects their volume at less than 30% YOY.

Air Freight Market Update

Slight demand improvements in the air cargo market have slowed rate declines. Consensus is building around the need to increase and/or restock inventory in the second half of 2023. Carriers indicate this would likely spark a peak season as in past years. Fuel surcharge increases could offset any reduction in rates that new capacity brings to the market.

Europe Labor Strikes

Customers shipping to Europe should expect significant delays and disruptions in rail, bus and air travel due to multiple strikes and protests planned throughout April and May 2023.

  • Italy: Nationwide, 24-hour general strike on May 26th
  • United Kingdom: London Heathrow Airport will go on strike May 4, 5, 6, 9, 25, 26, 27

North America Transportation Update

U.S. West Coast Labor Contracts

A tentative agreement has been reached between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and West Coast Ports. After eleven months of negotiations, the two parties may be nearing the end with key components of a deal signed.

Trucking Capacity Market Trends

While the trend indicates a continuous decline in the load-to-truck ratio, a few metro markets including Los Angeles, Dallas and Atlanta, are experiencing very tight capacity.

Reshoring & Nearshoring

Companies reshoring and nearshoring manufacturing from China to Mexico has made the Port of Laredo No.1 in the U.S.

Dallas Fort Wroth Ariport Upgrade

The DFW airport is redeveloping its cargo facilities to grow e-commerce capabilities and improve future cargo capacity. The upgrades will add 350,000 square feet of warehouse space and additional aircraft parking. The renovations are projected to finish in late 2024.