COSCO may make a bid of more than $4 billion for Hong Kong-based Orient Overseas Container Line, according to various media reports.
The deployment of ultra-large containerships has not only increased average vessel size on key east west trades, but has accelerated the consolidation of carriers into vessel sharing agreements and alliances.
The container freight market is strengthening as carriers begin some 2017 negotiations, and Drewry said some shippers could see contract rates rise 20-40 percent in worst case scenarios.
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The Taiwanese government announced a $1.9 billion aid package for the country’s shipping industry, which both Yang Ming and Evergreen Line would be eligible for.
Although some shippers are hesitant on using foreign trade zones (FTZs) due to compliance burdens, the benefits of FTZs may be worth the effort.
Taneli Ruda, head of ONESOURCE Global Trade, said the election of Donald Trump won’t cause trade liberalization to grind to a halt across the world, but it should cause those who run multinational corporations to carefully contemplate its implications.