Toronto, August 14, 2020
Since July, rates on the Trans-Pacific trade lane from Asia to North America have increased substantially due to strong consumer demand. We have seen volumes rise steadily, even with the reinstatement of void sailings which had enabled the lines to keep rates stable while demand was low during the early months of Coronavirus (COVID-19).
The steamship lines have announced GRIs (General Rate Increases) for August 15, September 1 and September 15. Many analysts contribute this high demand to shippers who are moving as much cargo as possible ahead of the holiday season, in anticipation that COVID outbreaks may prompt more lockdowns later this quarter.
For more information, please call Debbie McGuire, Manager – Freight Solutions at (905) 882-4880, ext. 1308.