27 février 2024
Transport international

Carriers Face Chilly Response to Their New Transpacific Contract Rates

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Transpacific container spot rates remain high as the contracting season moves into gear; however, new contract proposals from carriers may get the cold shoulder.

Xeneta’s XSI Asia-U.S. west coast component ticked up 1% last week, to an average of $4,762 per 40ft, which compares with the reading for the same week of last year of just $1,329 per 40ft.

Meanwhile, reversing consecutive weeks of decline, the Freightos Baltic Index (FBX) Asia to U.S. east coast average spot rate increased 3% last week, to an average of $6,764 per 40ft, more than double the spot rate a year ago.

With ocean carriers, BCOs, shippers and freight forwarders assembling in their hundreds for the JoC TPM conference in Long Beach in a week’s time – the traditional start of the transpacific contract season – the lines will believe they are in the perfect position to push for substantial contract rate hikes.

However, anecdotal reports suggest carrier account negotiators at TPM24, endeavouring to persuade customers to sign up for long-term deals, will be in for a challenging few days across the meeting rooms and halls of the Long Beach convention centre.

Read more in an article from The Loadstar.

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