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Shanghai slowdown brings added capacity – for now

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Dylan Sommer

Weekly highlights

Disruptions to manufacturing, warehousing and trucking are causing a steep decrease in export volumes out of Shanghai. Some ocean carriers are already skipping ports in the affected region, and others are also considering canceling services if the shutdown continues. 

Asia-US ocean rates to the US have declined slightly – 7% from Asia to US East Coast since early March – because of decreased demand and more capacity available at China’s southern ports. 

But if the lockdown continues and new outbreaks at other port cities like Nanjing and Guangzhou contribute to a significant overall decrease in demand, ocean carriers may cancel sailings to decrease capacity and keep rates from plummeting. Many major carriers did this successfully in the first months of the pandemic when ocean volumes fell significantly but transpacific rates declined by less than 15% and were about level year on year.

Asia-US rates for this week

  • Asia-US West Coast prices (FBX01 Daily) were unchanged at $15,817/FEU. This rate is 169% higher than the same time last year.
  • Asia-US East Coast prices (FBX03 Daily) were also level at $17,148/FEU, and are 181% higher than rates for this week last year.

Check in next week for more real-time freight market updates to help you ship smoother.

More rates from

Containerized Freight Rates from the Freightos Baltic Index
FBX LaneGlobalAsia – US West CoastAsia –US East CoastAsia – North EuropeNorth Europe – US East Coast
This Week$9,232$15,817$17,148$11,903$7,774
Last Week-1%0%-1%-1%0%
Last Year*119%169%181%63%132%
* Compared to the corresponding week in 2021

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