Ocean and air freight rates and trends for the week of January 17, 2018.
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Carriers implemented a January 15 GRI of $500/TEU for Asia <> U.S. East Coast. Another GRI has been announced for January 21.
For Asia <> U.S. West Coast, carriers postponed the January 15 GRI to January 21. We expect this to be partially implemented.
Carriers have also announced a GRI and PSS for February 1.
Chinese New Year will begin on February 16. Factories in China will be closed and/or operating at diminished capacity for at least 4 weeks around that time.
Because of increased demand, rates will stay up and space will be more difficult to secure -- both trends that will continue through the start of Chinese New Year.
These strategies can help keep your supply chain moving in advance of Chinese New Year (CNY):
Check out more ways to prepare here.
Share a forecast with your Flexport team, so that we can help you secure space. Air capacity is already constrained, and ocean-to-air conversions will exacerbate the issue as we approach Chinese New Year.
Ports in the mid-Atlantic and southeast are being impacted by a combination of weather conditions, vessel delays, port congestion, and significant import volumes. This is affecting the ports of Savannah, Norfolk, Charleston, Memphis, Nashville, and Jacksonville.
Note: The Port of Houston, after being closed on January 17, has announced that it will extend free time by two days.
If you have cargo routing through any of these ports this week or next, you can expect delays and, potentially, related fees such as trucking wait fees.
Trucking capacity is tight in many regions, which is typical for this time of year. Currently, rates and capacity are also impacted by winter weather and the recently implemented ELD mandate.