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Latest Industry Happenings and Market Updates:

IMPORT: Asia to North America (TPEB)

Recent Developments:

Rates: Following carrier increases at the start of May, rates continue to climb, surpassing their levels in late March.  
Space: Space has tightened due to both rising demand and, while not as frequent as the past several months, carrier-enforced blank sailings.  
Capacity: Generally speaking, capacity is in a healthier state and being utilized productively across the market.
Equipment: A terminal at the Port of Los Angeles is draying rail containers to near-dock storages yards as the facility works against a backlog. Since the start of 2024, rail container dwell times (measured in days) have steadily increased at Los Angeles and Long Beach terminals.


  • Hold your logistics partners accountable for frequent updates regarding current market conditions and routing impacts.
  • As the market shows indicators of heating up, familiar yourself with the potential hurdles that can occur amid cases of tightened capacity and handling delays.

IMPORT: Europe to North America (TAWB)

Recent Developments: For the latest scoop on the transatlantic market, refer to our blog!

Rates: Rates continue to gradually increase as the trade recaptures stronger demand.
Space: Space is open.
Capacity: Reassuring demand from U.S. importers has prompted better utilization of available capacity.


  • Book at least three weeks prior to the ready date.
  • Keep an eye on East Coast labor uncertainty as a coastwide strike could occur in October if no contract is settled between dockworkers and maritime employers.

EXPORT: North America to Asia

Rates: After falling throughout April, rates hit a floor and are since climbing upward in May.
Capacity: Space remains open, particularly from West Coast ports.


  • Insufficient communication with sailing schedules can lead to higher detention and demurrage fees as well as higher trucking and storage costs. Ensure your logistics partners are not keeping you and your cargo in the dark.

Freight News

Cargo Theft Analysis from the First Quarter

The first quarter this year was not kind for thefts of cargo. Data produced by CargoNet, showed cargo thefts increase by 10% in Q4 of this year compared to the previous quarter (Q4 2023). Plus, a 46% increase from the first quarter of last year (2023).

California, Illinois, and Texas represented over half (61%) of all theft that occurred in quarter one this year.

Read more about the rise in cargo theft and how it can create logistical nightmares throughout supply chain operations.

Are you aware of what you’re covered if your cargo is lost or overboard? Make sure you’re properly insured before it’s too late.

U.S. Import Volumes in April

Last month, U.S. container import volume statistics for April 2024 show a slight increase (3%) from March, but a significant increase from April 2024 (9.3%).

As far as container import volumes in April at the top 10 U.S. ports goes, they saw an increase of 72,454 TEUs (3.9%) from March 2024.

Per data from Descartes, the Ports of Los Angeles (9.3%), Long Beach (16.2%), Norfolk (9.6%) and Tacoma (16.7%) all experienced significant increases from March. While the Port of Oakland saw the largest decrease (-9.2%) of the top 10 U.S. ports.

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Interlog Insights

Last week we discussed the National Retail Federation revised their U.S. import forecast yet again. Plus, we discuss the lingering labor negotiations in North America.

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