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China’s shipowners and port groups urge efforts to temper sky-high box rates 
 
China Shipowners’ Association and China Ports and Harbours Association call on carriers and ports to make more efforts to reduce shipping costs. These include adding vessel capacity and accelerating empty container circulation
 
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Red hot box rates show first signs of cooling 
 
Sky-high spot rates have been sustained on container shipping’s trunk trades in 2021 so far, but there are finally signs of respite ahead of the post-Chinese New Year period. 
 
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Ocean freight rates set to stabilise but at high levels 
 
Ocean freight rates on transpacific and Asia-Europe trade lanes soared on sustained demand and a shrinking pool of available, empty containers last year but the weeks to come are set to bring a stability in prices while remaining at relatively high levels, according to expert and industry sources. 
 
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Box port delays causing service cancellations 
 
Major global container lines are being forced to cancel significant numbers of east-west services due to exceptionally long delays to vessels caused by congestion in Asian and North American ports. 
 
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China reaffirms attempt to cap box shipping rates 
 
China said it is planning to release measures to tackle the thorny supply issues for shippers in the container shipping market, raising concerns about another round of clampdowns on freight rates. 
 
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Ocean freight issues adding to squeeze on air cargo capacity 
 
Shortages of containers and capacity for ex-China exports plus vessel schedule disruption are continuing to drive modal shift to air, adding to a squeeze on air freight capacity already stretched by buoyant demand. 
 
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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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