Latest Insights on Supply Chain & Logistics Industry – September 2023
Updates: Panama Canal Water Levels and Wind-Powered Cargo Ships Shape Freight Landscape
Panama Canal Low Water Levels Drive Ocean Freight Diversification
Water levels in the Panama Canal are declining, reinforcing the need for diversification in ocean freight routes. The low water levels are affecting the carrying capacity of ships passing through the canal, leading to potential delays and increased costs. As a result, shippers are exploring alternative routes and options, emphasizing the importance of flexible supply chain strategies.
Innovative Wind-Powered Cargo Ship Initiatives by Cargill and Bartech
Cargill and Bartech are pioneering wind-powered cargo ships in response to climate concerns. The vessels, designed to harness wind energy, aim to significantly reduce carbon emissions and environmental impact in the shipping industry. This innovative approach demonstrates a growing commitment to sustainable transportation solutions and addresses the industry’s role in mitigating climate change.
Ocean Freight Overview– September 2023
Middle East – North America
The rates are more volatile from the Gulf, and the available space is tighter, which can cause negative impact on the transit times.
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Middle East – Asia
For this trade lane, the capacity is trending upwards month over month; whereas the rates generally remain flat to down.
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Middle East – Europe
Ample space is readily accessible, notwithstanding the fact that this serves as a prominent volume destination originating from the Middle East.
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Middle East – Latin America
Latin America is one of the most challenging destinations outside of the Middle East. The rates are flat to down; whereas the transit times are a bit volatile in the case of several transshipment points on the given route.
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Asia – Middle East
The space remains tight for this trade lane, which leads to stable rates throughout the month.
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North America – Middle East
There are regular blank sailings out of South Atlantic Port, causing tighter space. However, more options are available on the Northeast Coast. The capacity is improving outside of the US West and Gulf coasts with more carrier options.
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Latin America – Middle East
The trade lane is relatively stable, but there is equipment shortage out of Colombia. Some of the low-rate carriers have experienced high demand, leading to full booking of their vessels as much as three weeks ahead of time for services that encompass North Europe ports.
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Europe – Middle East
Overall, this trade lane is stable, with the space relatively open. Furthermore, the capacity and the spot rates are flat month over month.
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Air Freight Overview – September 2023
Demand: Volumes continue to remain low and showcase flat month over month growth. High inflation, elevated inventories, and reduced purchasing power are the main causes of low demand. However, a conservative increase is expected in the upcoming peak season.
Capacity: The current capacity is sufficient for the current volume. Belly capacity continues to improve due to an increase in travel demand. Global capacity is 12% higher than the previous month, with no significant backlogs.
Rates: Market rates remain competitive, with a slight increase for some trade lanes. However, stability is expected in the long-term rates in the fourth quarter of 2023.
The Middle East and Air Carriers
Middle East carriers experienced a 0.5% increase in cargo volumes in June 2023 compared to the previous year, making a strong rebound from May 2023’s 2.9% year-on-year decline. Additionally, capacity also grew by 11.1% in June.
Both Middle East- Europe and Middle East-Asia routes witnessed annual growth. However, cargo demand for the first half of 2023 dropped by 5.6% compared to last year, despite a capacity increase of 11.2%.
Ample passenger capacity has been added in the midst of the summer holidays; however, the freighter capacity has been removed on an ad-hoc basis due to ongoing c-checks.
The demand remains flat and weak during the traditional slack season. This trend is expected to be continued throughout September 2023, where there will be a slight increase towards the end of the 3rd quarter.
Expect rates to remain relatively stable until the year’s end, although potential shifts in peak season demand could impact rate trends. While demand remains subdued and indirect passenger capacity grows, there’s a likelihood of frequent freighter cancellations.
In North America, the demand for US exports remains stable, supported by available capacity. Some capacity from the US to Asia has been redirected to California and Washington for cherry season, potentially affecting capacity for other destinations. As Q4 approaches, reduced passenger travel demand may lead to capacity exiting the market. In Mexico, cargo-only aircraft operations are being shifted from AICM-MEX to AIFA-NLU following a government decree, causing operational challenges, delays, and backlogs. The relocation deadline has been extended to September 1, 2023.
For Latin America, currently there’s abundant capacity across major trade routes in the region due to reduced demand, leading to competitive spot pricing options from carriers. Contract rates have remained stable with minimal adjustments. The ongoing low season for perishable goods further contributes to this situation. As a result, demand for northbound cargo is low due to the seasonal drop in perishables. On the other hand, southbound capacity from Miami is widely accessible, resulting in aggressive spot pricing opportunities for shippers in most lanes.
Europe, Transatlantic capacity and demand remain stable, with the overall lower demand maintaining market stability for European and United States exports. Furthermore, passenger aircraft capacity has reached its peak during this travel season. Due to the reduced demand, there are a lot of opportunities to save costs in the spot market.
EUROCONTROL, which manages European airspace, has warned about potential air-traffic control labor strikes during the summer, which could have implications across the entire Europe.
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Local Shipping News – United Arab Emirates – September 2023
CMA CGM Group has announced new peak season surcharges, applicable from September 17th, 2023, to enhance reliable and efficient services to customers. Learn More
Dubai Maritime Authority (DMA) introduced administrative decision no.2. of 2023 on local sea container charges in Dubai directive. Read more details.
Swire Shipping, following a safe carriage review, now permits the transport of electric vehicles in containers subject to the IMDG Code and additional requirements specified. Read details here.
Maersk UAE has launched an active live chat for customer queries related to exports and imports, available from 7am to 9pm (Monday to Friday) and 8am to 5pm (Saturday). Read More
Swire Shipping has implemented compliance measures for seamless exports from the Middle East, requiring BL shippers to complete sanction check questionnaire here.
DP World has announced tariff revisions for Jebel Ali Port and Mina Rashid, effective November 1st, 2023. Read More
After implementing the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) requirement for flexi bag approval verification, Maersk is offering further details applicable to this requirement. For import/cross trade, contact firstname.lastname@example.org and get in touch at email@example.com for export queries.
Global Factory Output – An Extensive Overview - September 2023
For the last week of August 2023, the World Container Index (WCI) decreased by 3.5% per 40ft container and reached the value of USD1,768.33.
United States of America (USA)
In August 2023, the S&P Global US Composite PMI fell to 50.4, lower than the expected 52.0. This indicated weaker growth in the private sector, mainly due to a significant decline in manufacturing activity and slower service sector growth. New orders dropped for the first time in six months, and job creation slowed to a three-year low due to inflation and high interest rates. Backlogs of work decreased at the fastest rate since May 2020. Input costs increased notably due to higher fuel, wage, and raw material expenses, although the rate of selling price inflation slowed. Despite these challenges, US companies were more optimistic about future output due to expectations of stable interest rates, increased demand from clients, and reduced-price pressures.
United Kingdom (UK)
In August 2023, the S&P Global/CIPS United Kingdom PMI fell to 47.9 from July’s 50.8, which was below the expected 50.3 according to an initial estimate. This marked the most significant contraction in the UK’s private sector since January 2021. The decline was driven by a sharp contraction in the service sector, the fastest in 31 months, along with a worsening manufacturing downturn, now extending for six consecutive months. New business inflows saw the most substantial drop since November 2022, and backlogs of work decreased at the quickest rate since June 2020. Private sector employment slightly increased but at the slowest pace since March. In terms of prices, average costs rose at the slowest rate since February 2021, and the inflation in charged prices eased to the lowest level in two and a half years. Business confidence about growth in the next year dropped to its weakest point since December 2022.
In July 2023, the Caixin China General Composite PMI decreased to 51.9 from June’s 52.5. This marked the seventh consecutive month of growth in the private sector, but at a slower rate since January. The manufacturing sector contracted for the first time in three months, while the service economy sustained its growth streak for the seventh month. New orders saw the weakest increase in six months. Notably, service providers experienced stronger sales growth, while factory orders shrank for the first time since April. Employment slightly increased for the second consecutive month, driven by the service sector, while manufacturers continued to shed jobs. Regarding prices, input costs went up slightly, while output charges fell for the fourth consecutive month.
United Arab Emirates (UAE)
In July, the PMI data for the UAE’s non-oil economy indicated a slight adjustment in its strength. Although new business growth slowed from its four-year high in June, the overall output expansion also decreased. However, the headline PMI reading of 56.0 indicated that the sector remained healthy, as market conditions improved, and companies reported strong growth in customer demand and job creation. This positive outlook led firms to be confident about future growth, with optimism reaching its second-highest level in over a year. A reduction in input cost pressures allowed firms to lower their selling prices and increase stock holdings. Overall, the findings suggest that the UAE’s non-oil sector will likely continue expanding in the latter half of the year. Yet, the notable decline in sales growth, if sustained, might indicate that the peak of the demand surge has been reached.
Global Logistics and Supply Chain News – September 2023
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Ecommerce Logistics News
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