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US box imports set for record in 2020 despite pandemic 
 
US container imports seen during 2020 appear to be headed toward a new annual record despite the coronavirus pandemic, and remain at high levels as 2021 begins, according to the latest monthly Global Port Tracker report from the National Retail Federation (NRF) and Hackett Associates. 
 
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Record Asia-Europe ocean freight rates rise further 
 
As prices soar to multiple times their normal level, further hikes are expected later this month, with equipment shortages, port delays and lack of capacity set to continue right up to lunar new year in mid-February
 
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China to tighten inspection on box shipping carriers’ pricing practices 
 
China’s Ministry of Transport has defended carriers’ reasoning when responding to a shipper’s complaint about skyrocketing container shipping costs, but has said it will tighten its scrutiny on carriers’ pricing practices. 
 
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CNY 2021 blank sailings currently ‘far below previous years’ 
 
As strong ocean freight demand continues on the major trades, container lines look set to blank far fewer sailings around Chinese New Year (CNY) than in previous years with less than six weeks left before the usual annual shutdown of China’s manufacturing capacity and the normally associated slowdown of the ocean logistics systems that support it. 
 
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Container shortages exacerbated by slow turnaround times 
 
Container availability in China remains at a record low as the length of time equipment is sitting in depots is increasing. 
 
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Asia-Europe container freight spot rates hit new highs 
 
Container spot freight rates from Asia to northern Europe have broken the $2,000 per teu level for the first time in a decade after rising by more than a quarter this week. 
 
The Shanghai Containerised Freight Index reported rates of $2,091 per teu on the Asia-northern Europe trade. The last time rates were this high was during the “dead cat bounce” that followed the global financial crisis, when rates topped £2,100 per teu in May 2010. 
 
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Forth Ports and DP World push forward with Thames Freeport bid 
 
As the Government launches the competitive bidding process, DP World and Forth Ports continue to push forward their bid for a Thames Freeport with London Gateway, the Port of Tilbury and Ford's Dagenham engine plant at its heart. 
 
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Shippers switching to air freight to escape sea freight hell 
 
With sea freight rates reaching some of the highest levels ever seen, along with equipment shortages, late vessels and still no guarantee of uplift, some shippers are starting to switch to air, driving up rates on a mode that had been enjoying some stability. 
 
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Felixstowe congestion to continue into December 
 
The Port of Felixstowe says high container volumes may continue through into the New Year, claiming it is taking action to increase resources and remove ‘slow-moving PPE containers’. 
 
Congestion at the UK’s largest container port, Felixstowe, is expected to continue into December and possibly into the new year, as unexpectedly high import volumes, slow-moving containers of PPE, and problems managing the high activity levels persist. 
 
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CMA CGM and MSC complete TradeLens integration 
 
Major global container carriers, CMA CGM and MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), have announced they are now integrated onto TradeLens, helping ensure a more fully integrated, timely and consistent view of logistics data for their containerized freight around the world. The digital platform is run on IBM Cloud and IBM Blockchain, and was jointly developed by IBM and A.P. Moller – Maersk. 
 
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