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Asia-Europe blanking

Cancelled, or blanked, sailings have long been used by the container shipping lines to manipulate capacity when volumes fall, but inconsistencies in announcements around China’s Golden Week have been criticised, with accusations of blank sailing gamesmanship by the 2M and Ocean alliances.

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Shippers choice of carrier diminishing

Attracting 64,000 visitors from 125 countries Munich’s Transport Logistic is one of the industry’s biggest events, so when shippers and forwarders express concerns over the increasing decline in container carriers the press take notice.

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Is short-sea the solution

Short-sea services can offer cost savings of up to 50%, for those willing to accept much longer transit times. But is transferring short-sea volumes to containers a way of avoiding any future Dover congestion, or is just making a bigger problem elsewhere.

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Volatility can’t hide declining growth

Asia-Europe volumes may have fluctuated in the 1st quarter of 2019, but it doesn’t hide the fact that growth has been slowing and with 460,000 TEU of ultra-large container vessels scheduled for delivery this year, capacity is going to massively outstrip demand in 2019.

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Inflation threatens supply chain performance

Supply chain costs are rising and, according to a report by one the world’s leading management consultants, it’s going to become increasingly challenging for companies to meet their productivity targets.

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Supplier blindness

Perhaps unsurprisingly, a recent Deloitte survey found that cost reduction is the main priority for 75% of buyers. What is surprising is that nearly as many confessed that they had no supply chain visibility past tier 1 suppliers.

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Asia-Europe rail won’t dent ocean volumes

Commentators at last week’s London International Shipping Week are adamant that Asia-Europe rail services will not undermine the dominance of container shipping.

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Is liner consolidation the end for competition

It is looking increasingly likely that the liner industry consolidation that started the year before the Hanjin Shipping collapse will end up reducing the number of major carriers to no more than a handful.

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The New Carrier Alliances AND your free infographic

No shipping line- not even Maersk! – can afford to buy and operate all the vessels they would need to offer weekly sailings to every port they serve – Hence the New Shipping Alliances.

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Asia air rates start to rise

Lufthansa is the first airline to increase their rate, lifting them between 5% and 10%, with even higher increases expected.

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