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Asia Airfreight Set For Turbulent Few Months

Asia Airfreight Set For Turbulent Few Months

The current low capacity, equipment shortages and port congestion in ocean freight are having a knock-on effect for air freight services, where demand has risen significantly since the Red Sea crisis began.

Improving Signs For The Panama Canal

Improving Signs For The Panama Canal

It has been more than a year since severe drought has been heavily restricting operations at the Panama Canal, but it now looks as though the waterway will be returning to near normal operations by the middle of next month.

Asia Ocean Rates Continuing To Rise

Asia Ocean Rates Continuing To Rise

Ocean freight rates have been continuing to rise from Asia this month, as market conditions now mirror the period that followed the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.

More Ships Needed To Curtail Asia Ocean Rates

Asia Ocean Freight: Space Issues Return

Market conditions for ocean freight services from Asia have taken a turn for the worse recently, with capacity and container shortages returning and the situation starting to resemble the post pandemic period.

Iranian Military Join The Threat To Shipping

Iranian Military Join The Threat To Shipping

After seizing the 15,000 TEU ‘MSC Aries’, the Iranian military have now joined the threats to shipping in the Middle East region, along with the Houthi Rebels and Somalian pirates. 

Cargo Ship In Bridge Collapse Collision

Cargo Ship In Bridge Collapse Collision

Tragically, a bridge in Baltimore has been completely destroyed this morning after being struck by a containership, leading to several vehicles and drivers falling into the river.

Red Sea Ship Attacks Fail This Week

Red Sea Ship Attacks Fail This Week

Houthi Rebels have continued their resolve to disrupt shipping in the Red Sea this week, but their recent attacks on two vessels have failed to find their targets. 

Red Sea Crisis Reaches New Low Point

Red Sea Crisis Reaches New Low Point

The Red Sea crisis reached a new low point this week, following the terrible news that three crew members have lost their lives during a Houthi missile strike in the Gulf Of Aden.

Asia Airfreight Set For Turbulent Few Months

Asia-Europe Air Freight Demand On The Rise

Longer vessel transits from Asia have led some importers and exporters to switch ocean freight orders to air freight, which in turn has led to an increase in demand and a reduction in air freight capacity.

China Ports Suffering From Equipment Shortages

Red Sea Ocean Freight Update

Despite more than 20 warships patrolling the Red Sea, commercial ships have continued to be targeted by Houthi rebels, including a further attack on two Maersk container ships this week. 

Threat Of Logistics Strikes In North America & Europe

Asia Rates Continuing To Rise Rapidly

Asia ocean freight rates are currently on a steep upward trajectory following further attacks on shipping in the Red Sea and carriers routing vessels via the Cape Of Good Hope in South Africa.

FMC Put Maersk & Hapag Lloyd Alliance On Hold

Ships Avoiding Red Sea As Rates Escalate

Following Friday’s attacks on at least two container ships in the Red Sea area, many carriers have decided to route ships around the Cape of Good Hope and rates are moving upwards.

Merry Christmas From Unique Forwarding

Merry Christmas From Unique Forwarding

With less than a week to go until the big day, the team at Unique are getting into the festive spirit and also looking forward to meeting the challenges of 2024.

FMC Introduce New Rules For Detention & Demurrage

US Government Striding To Support Supply Chains

The US have now elevated supply chain resilience to the top tier of government, with the creation of new bodies to ensure focus remains high on avoiding some of the issues that have plagued the last few years. 

More Ocean GRI’s On The Merry-Go-Round

More Ocean GRI’s On The Merry-Go-Round

Once more the merry-go-round of ocean freight rate levels sees carriers pushing for a GRI this month, despite this not being supported by market conditions and previous attempts to uplift rates failing to fully materialise.

Improving Signs For The Panama Canal

No Respite For Panama Canal Delays

Delays at the Panama Canal have been worsening during recent weeks, as the record breaking drought continues to lead to large queues and waiting times.

More Ships Needed To Curtail Asia Ocean Rates

Maersk And MSC May Be Heading For Early Split

The 2M Alliance’s main two carriers are due to go their separate ways in 2025, but there have been recent signs that Maersk and MSC are starting to deploy their vessels separately on some loops.

More Blanked Sailings And A Winter Schedule

More Blanked Sailings And A Winter Schedule

Following this month’s Chinese Golden Week, there is still no sign that demand levels for container shipping from Asia to Europe are starting to rise, which has resulted in another bout of blanked sailings.