Latest Industry Happenings and Market Updates:

IMPORT: Asia to North America (TPEB)

Recent Developments:

  • Trade association National Retail Federation has upgraded its U.S. import forecast upgraded its U.S. import forecast, expecting the surge in import activity to sustain through September.

Rates: General rate increases (GRIs) in May have elevated rates significantly higher and have shown little signs of retreating. Another wave of GRIs at the start of June remains a possibility.
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, vessel capacity is in a healthier state and being utilized productively across the market.
Equipment: Rising demand and longer vessel transits for outbound shipments from China have led to a crunch in equipment capacity at Chinese ports, notably Ningbo, Dalian, and Guangzhou.


  • 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 have ebbed and flowed as the trade rediscovers its balance.
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: Since May, rates have emphatically increased.
Capacity: Generally speaking, capacity is available, but U.S. export movement can be influenced, even hindered, when more attention is placed on the import market.


  • 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

New Import Measures Throughout Europe Take Effect June 1st

New import security measures for goods transported via ocean to or through Europe will come to fruition on June 1st. This system will collect data for all goods coming through the European Union prior to their arrival, per the European Commission website.

The rollout of Import Control Systems 2 (ICS2), a customs pre-arrival security and safety program, will occur in three phases. Initially, it will apply to ocean and inland waterway carriers starting June 1st. Following that, it will extend to forwarders submitting house bills of lading by December, and finally, it will encompass road and rail shipments entering the European Union as of April 1st, 2025.

SC Ports Experienced Software System Issue Early This Week

 In recent days, South Carolina ports encountered software system issues, causing disruptions to operations. 

As of Tuesday evening, an SC ports advisory stated gate and yard operations had resumed at all marine terminals and Inland Port Greer. They mentioned that operations at Inland Port Greer would restart soon, but as of late Tuesday, no cargo pickups or drop offs were being accepted at Inland Port Greer. 

Interesting note: per SC Ports website, Wando Welch and North Charleston usually handle 6,000-8,000 truck transactions on a daily basis.

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