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Spot rates sky-rocket after Hanjin collapse

Spot container freight rates on the major routes from Asia soared by up to 42% yesterday following the collapse of Hanjin Shipping, data from the World Container Index reveals.

Rate assessment increased by 42% to $1,674 per 40ft container on the Shanghai-Los Angeles route, by 19% to $2,151 on the Shanghai-New York route and by 39% to $1,826 on the Shanghai-Rotterdam route.

“Unpredictable freight rates are not new phenomenon in the container industry, however a major upheaval of supply like this is likely to cause extreme short-term price volatility. Shippers should expect increasing freight costs and tight allocation for several weeks at least,” said Richard Heath, general manager of WCI.

“The Hanjin bankruptcy means a shock to the market – some of our shipper customers are making contingency plans and asked us to assess the impact of this on their supply chains,” said Philip Damas, director at Drewry, which jointly owns WCI alongside Cleartrade Exchange.

Drewry will run a free webinar for exporters and importers on 26 September called “Code Red”, to highlight the procurement risks and mitigating strategies required to adapt to the transformation of the ocean carrier sector. Contact enquiries@drewry.co.uk for details on access.

The World Container Index assessed by Drewry tracks and documents the weekly changes in spot rates on 11 East-West routes.

The World Container Index is a weekly container pricing index based on actual agreed freight assessments reported by industry players in Asia, Europe and the US and is not financed or backed by either shipper or carrier interests.

Source: Drewry

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