The Shanghai Containerized Freight Index fell 3.5 percent from last Friday to a reading of 707.68, declining for the second straight week as the short-term boost after Hanjin Shipping filed for receivership at the end of August has now faded.
The Japanese ocean carrier has acquired a 25 percent share of EMAS Chiyoda Subsea, a construction firm specializing in offshore and subsea oil and gas facilities, from Singapore’s Ezra Holdings and Japan’s Chiyoda Corporation.
The Danish container carrier ordered 14,800 new refrigerated cargo containers, lowering the average age of its reefer equipment fleet to 7.9 years old, well below the industry average, the company said in a statement.
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Third-party logistics providers like Expeditors International of Washington have traditionally benefitted from disruptions in direct shipper/carrier relationships, according to a recent client note from William Blair Equity Research.
Carriers may seek to "turn the table" on shippers who drove hard bargains, but an upturn in rates may be short-lived.
The world’s two largest container shipping carriers, Maersk Line and MSC, are beefing up their presence on the transpacific trade in the wake of Hanjin Shipping filing for receivership in Korea last week.