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  • 2022 August 19 13:21

    Xeneta real-time container rates update: Week 33

    South American spot rate gap set to narrow as shippers take advantage of lower Far East to West Coast rates

    The latest ocean freight rate data from Xeneta reveals that spot rates are currently USD 3 700 more expensive for shipping 40’ containers from the Far East to the South American East Coast, compared to the West Coast corridor. This huge gap – the norm is usually around a USD 55 East Coast premium – has opened up since 1 July. However, shippers looking to take advantage of the disparity should move quickly, Xeneta warns, as it may begin to narrow across August and September.

    Peter Sand, Chief Analyst at Xeneta, says that while the speed and scale of the rate divergence took many by surprise, it also opened up a door of opportunity for limber logistics chains.

    Rollercoaster ride
    He notes: “We started the year by seeing a significant spot rate decline on both routes, before the Far East to South America East Coast prices bucked the global trend and moved back up for two and a half months. The West Coast began to climb as well, but then dropped sharply again from July. As a result, the East Coast spot rates are only 7.9% down since the New Year, while West Coast prices have plunged 41.9%.

    “This made a lot of stakeholders sit up and take notice. But what happened? By mid-July we saw a host of major carriers launching new West Coast services to ports in Chile and Columbia, and shippers looked to take advantage of the situation. Interestingly, the effect of this is likely to push spot prices closer together again, as weaker demand on the East Coast service will see lower spot rates in coming weeks and months. So, I’d be very surprised if the gap kept growing.”

    As of 14 August, spot rates on the Far East to South America East Coast route stood at USD 11 430 per FEU (up USD 1 360 since 1 July), while those for the West Coast languished at USD 7 724 (a fall of USD 2 270 in the same period). At the start of the year, the roles were reversed, with the West Coast boasting a USD 890 per FEU premium over the East.

    Knowledge pays
    “Rates are still strikingly high compared to two years ago,” Sand continues, “when the FEU spot rate was not much over USD 1 000 for both coasts, but, seen against the context of the current red-hot market, the South American West Coast spots are something of a ‘bargain’ right now.

    “It’s rare to see a gap of this magnitude opening up on such comparable routes, so don’t expect it to stick around too long. Stay tuned to the latest market data to find what happens next, and how to get the best value in your supply chain negotiations.”

    In the first six months of 2022, 1.5% of container volumes exported from the Far East went to the South America East Coast and 1.4% to the West (Source: CTS). Container volumes from the Far East have fallen 7.1% to the East Coast and 4.3% to the West Coast in the same period.

    Oslo-based Xeneta’s unique software platform compiles the latest ocean and air freight rate data aggregated worldwide to deliver powerful market insights. Participating companies include ABB, Electrolux, Continental, Unilever, Nestle, L’Oréal, Thyssenkrupp, Volvo Group and John Deere, amongst others.

    Xeneta is the leading ocean and air freight rate benchmarking and market intelligence platform transforming the shipping and logistics industry. Xeneta’s powerful reporting and analytics platform provides liner-shipping stakeholders the data they need to understand current and historical market behaviour – reporting live on market average and low/high movements for both short and long-term contracts. Xeneta’s data is comprised of over 300 million contracted container and air freight rates and covers over 160,000 global trade routes. Xeneta is a privately held company with headquarters in Oslo, Norway and regional offices in New York and Hamburg.


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2022 September 28

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