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This shipping cost increase and potential risk of port dwelling requires shippers (especially retailers) to looking into root-causes and tackling the pressure of cost surging and on-shelf delay as we near peak season.
Root Causes of Container Rates: Temporary or New Normal?
Through CCA’s research and analysis, we believe that key root causes of the increasing shipping rates are:
“Goods in containers are flooding into the biggest US gateway for
seaborn trade at 5 times the volume of steel boxes full of exports”- Bloomberg
SKYROCKET FREIGHT COST (PART 1 OF 2):
NEW NORMAL OR TEMPORARY?
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Spot Rate of 40-foot Container from Shanghai to Los Angeles Hits $10.5k in July with Total Cost Greater than $20k
Since Q3 2020, cargo shippers have been alarmed by the upward movement of the freight rate from China to the West Coast. This momentum was further accelerated in the last few months and the spot rate of shipping a 40-foot container (FEU) from Shanghai to Los Angeles reached US $10.5k on July 29, 2021. In this seller’s market, total cost can be over US $20K with overhead costs and premiums on the spot rates to get cargo onboard the vessels. Freight costs have been 5 times more since the COVID-19 outbreak.
Trans-Pacific route shippers are not the only ones impacted but others in the world are suffering from similar situations. On July 20, 2021; Drewry’s Composite World Container Index was 370% higher than a year ago and this is the 16th consecutive week of increases. In China, similar index such as the Shanghai Export Containerized Freight Index (SCFI) and China Containerized Freight Index (CCFI) also have had strong indication of upward trend for shipping a container out from China to other continents.
Spot Freight Rates by major route (as 16-Aug-21)
SHANGHAI ZHUHAI HONG KONG TAIPEI CLEVELAND