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Transpacific Lines Keep Up the
Pressure for Added Revenue

Current rates do not reflect market growth, rising costs or service value.

Oakland, CA / October 15, 2013 – Container shipping lines operating from Asia to the U.S. are continuing their efforts to restore baseline freight rates for holiday shipments and the 2014 contract negotiating season beyond.

Member carriers in the Transpacific Stabilization Agreement (TSA) are recommending a guideline US$400 per 40-foot container (FEU) general rate increase covering all origins and destinations, effective November 15, 2013. The move follows individual actions by several lines in the trade to raise their rates during October.

“The trade is seeing modest but healthy cargo growth over 2012, while cargo handling, equipment and other costs continue to rise and most carriers are operating at a loss,” said TSA executive administrator Brian Conrad. “It makes no sense for rates to be at current levels, and it threatens the ability of individual carriers to maintain service levels heading into 2014.” Conrad noted that cargo volumes have risen steadily since mid-August and are expected to remain strong through mid-November when typical seasonal easing begins.

TSA is a research and discussion forum of major container shipping lines serving the trade from Asia to ports and inland points in the U.S. TSA members include:


APL Ltd.                                             
China Shipping Container Lines            
COSCO Container Lines, Ltd.              
Evergreen Line                                   
Hanjin Shipping Co., Ltd.                                 
Hapag-Lloyd AG                                             
Hyundai Merchant Marine Co., Ltd.
Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (KLine)
Maersk Line
Mediterranean Shipping Co.
Nippon Yusen Kaisha (N.Y.K. Line)
Orient Overseas Container Line, Ltd.
Yangming Marine Transport Corp.
Zim Integrated Shipping Services


Niels Erich
T: 415.525.4520

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