The storm clouds on the major east-west container trades continued to darken this week as attempts to hike freight increases appeared to falter and fuel costs continued to rise.
On the key Asia to Europe tradelane, spot rates – which account for over 50% of the liftings and heavily influence contract rates – are some 16% below the level of a year ago, whereas bunker costs have leapt by around 50%.
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