Shipping companies continue to pursue a policy of increasing sea freight rates , introducing index GRI (General rate Increase) in directions China / Japan / South East Asia / Pakistan / Bangladesh / Sri Lanka - Europe / Black Sea .
Since the announcement by sea carriers of freight rate increasing dated 01.11.2013 for $ 750-950 per TEU, they managed to do it twice with 01.11.2013 - an average of $ 550/TEU 12/09/2013 and without warning , another $ 650/TEU .
During 50-th week of this year, some lines still keep the level of rates given the increase below $ 350-450 per TEU till the end of the year. A few of them also offer a price reduction of some ports Asia ( which was already included GRI) in the last week in 2013 for $ 200-300 per TEU.
Such essential to consumers of marine container transport price hikes explained shipping lines all the same : maintaining a declining market for container shipping .
The purpose of the price policy of increasing rates for marine container transportation - fixing prices at current levels , in order to avoid it from falling further.
This is due to the fact that competition for market share among maritime container shipping lines dictates collapse sea freight rates . After all, every shipping company wants to increase its profitability and capture most of the market . Each line has its own strategy of dumping , it could be a reduction in rates due to input old capacity , decrease the speed of delivery of containers from port A to port B, by increasing the number of ports handling up to three or four , between Asia and Europe ; cooperation of shipping lines for overall pricing strategy , hurting other lines ; involving goods due to lower prices on specific dates of departure etc.
Now , planning for 2014 delivery , cargo owners interested in forecasts of the price level, at least the first week of January 2014. But at the moment sea carriers not inform consumers about the increasing or decreasing . Rather, the picture will become clearer in the last week of 2013.
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