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HomeMarket UpdateLogistics Industry Insights – February 2023 

Logistics Industry Insights – February 2023 

This Month’s Highlight: Fluctuating Prices Causing Supply Chain Troubles

The problems across the United States East Coast (USEC) is expected to remain intact as last year; because of port congestion on the United States West Coast (USWC) amid Covid. There is a slight trend of shifts back that resulted in price reduction; however, the current rates are still triple for the Europe-USEC as compared to pre-pandemic levels. Plus, they are more than triple the market of Aisa-USWC. 

On the other hand, South Korea is trying to control the capacity to prevent the prices from reducing even further. Recent research shows the expected freight rates are to be determined by the cargo demand and supply by the liners’ operators. The decision was taken after the shipping lines agreed the stabilized freight rates will result in increased profits. 

Ocean Freight Updates – United Arab Emirates February 2023  

++  Strong Increase 
+  Moderate Increase 
=  No Change 
  Moderate Decline 
  Strong Decline 


Middle East – North America

USEC and USWC have available space, and IN2 is the only direct service to USEC. Despite this, FAK rates are still higher than pre-COVID levels, though carriers are offering competitive NAC deals. 

Capacity — (+)  

Rate — (=)  

Note: Book 4-5 weeks in advance. 

Middle East – Asia  

For the markets of Middle East and Asia, the carriers are offering open allocation. As far as the rates go, they continue to decrease.  

Capacity — (+)  

Rate — (-)  

Note: Booking of 4-5 weeks prior to order is recommended.  

Middle East – Europe

For this trade lane, allocations and space are available; whereas the freight rates are expected to be stable for the next 2 quarters of the current year.  

Capacity — (+)  

Rate — (=/-)  

Note: Overall stable market despite slight softening rates.  

Middle East – Latin America  

The space is available with several carriers for this market. In response to this, the service availability is likely to increase throughout the Q1 of 2023. 

Capacity — (+)   

Rate — (=) 

Note: Book at least 2 weeks before.  

Inbound Updates (H3)  

Asia – Middle East

The demand for MENAT, especially in Africa, has been expected to be lull until the Lunar New Year Holidays end. The shortfall is also high due to increasing Covid cases in January. After LNY, tight space and pick up rates are the expected possibilities. 

Capacity (–)  

Rate — (-)  

Equipment – Available 

Note: In the last month, we’ve seen 40% blank sailings to EMED.  

North America – Middle East

The capacity for the Middle East and Africa is opening, while the carriers are hinting for softening rates. Further improvements are expected as Port Charleston is being added in Indamex2 (CMA and Hapag). 

Capacity — (+)  

Rate — (-)  

Note: The Indamex2 addition will provide direct services to Jeddah from mid-January.  

Latin America – Middle East

As the slots remain open from MX EC to MED, carriers are now pushing more to MEDGULF. In this season of contraction, South America East Coast (SAEC) demand continuously softens, the market trend is quickly going down.  

Capacity — (=)  

Rate –– (=)   

Europe – Middle East

The rates for this market are slightly reducing. Currently, capacity is available in the East Med, while the rates are softening for both long- and short-term contracts.  

Capacity — (=)  

Rate — (=/-) 

Note: Space and equipment are available. 

Air Freight Updates – United Arab Emirates February 2023  

Demand: High inflation continues in 2023; and the volume remains low. The growth in volumes will remain flat for at least the first two quarters of the year 2023. 

Capacity: The current capacity is enough to meet the demand level. Furthermore, the belly capacity has also increased for the year. 

Rates: There is an aggressive spot market for most trade lanes. The rates are expected to increase over time as the market is coming back to normal.  

The Middle East and Air Carriers

The Middle East air freight market is expected to witness a positive growth in 2023 due to robust economic growth in the region. This growth is being driven by the increasing demand for air freight services from various industries, including automotive, manufacturing, healthcare, and e-commerce. 

The Middle East region hosts some of the world’s busiest airports and this is expected to support the growth of the air freight market in the region. Additionally, the region is experiencing rapid development of infrastructure and improved air connectivity, which is expected to further support the growth of the air freight market in the region. 

Furthermore, the development of trade agreements and free trade agreements between the Middle Eastern countries is expected to positively impact the air freight market in the region. The increasing focus on digitalization and automation of air freight processes is expected to further boost the growth of the market. 

Moreover, the emergence of new technologies such as blockchain, artificial intelligence, and predictive analytics is expected to drive the growth of the air freight market in the region. This is expected to lead to improved transparency and efficiency in delivery times. 

Overall, the air freight market in the Middle East is expected to witness strong growth in 2023, due to the increasing demand for air freight services in the region. 


In North China, the rates are slightly starting to decrease after the spike during LNY; whereas, in South China, the Covid measures in the mainland are lifted due to which the cross-border traffic is expected to resume.  

The Taiwanese market is operating normally. However, as the LNY has ended, and operations are expected to be resumed, there is a potential of cargo offload.  

In Korea, the market demand in Trans Specific East Bound (TPEB) is picking up after the holiday; whereas, in Far East West Bound (FEWB) is still going downwards. 

In Southeast Asia, the demand remains low, and the capacity is widely available, except for Hanoi, where there was a holiday rush at the end of the last month. 


Overall, in the American market the demand is stable. The airports are working at a normal pace, along with the increase in capacity; especially in Europe. Furthermore, the rates are getting stable week after week. 


As the holiday season ends and production starts to become normal, the demand increases, which is also causing the rates to increase for the market.  

The airline utilization is high, the uplift can be acquired within 2 days of Cargo Ready Date (CRD); which is why the lead days are stable. There are no disruptions recorded in the EMEA region and no congestion across point pairs. 

Shipping Local News – United Arab Emirates February 2023

UAE GCAA has updated Dangerous Goods Certified Entities, which will be effective from 1st of February 2023. Due to the current COVID-19 situation, all organizations are now approved to use the PDF version of their dangerous goods certificate for the time being. Read More 

CMA CGM is pleased to announce that our Bill of Lading and Delivery Order Fees for UAE will be revised, effective 1st March 2023. Read More 

CMA CGM Group is introducing a Peak Season Surcharge (PSS) of USD 500 per dry container on all cargo shipped from the Indian Subcontinent, Middle East & Red Sea to North Europe, the Mediterranean, and North Africa. This surcharge will be effective as of February 15th, 2023. Read More 

Maersk has decided to integrate brands, like Hamburg Süd and SeaLand, among others to make the supply chain easier, more flexible, and more resilient by providing more options. Read More 

Maersk and MSC have decided to end their 2M alliance from January 2023. Read More 

Global Factory Output – Overview

The composite index of the Drewry WCI increased by 0.7% – the first such increase in 43 weeks. When compared to the same week last year, the index has dropped by a staggering 77%. The peak of $10,377 seen in September 2021 is now 79% lower than the current index of $2,135 per 40-foot container. Although there is now a return to more normal prices, the index remains 50% higher than the average 2019 (pre-pandemic) rate of $1,420. Across the year-to-date, the composite index has averaged $2,135 per 40ft container and is $559 lower than the 10-year average. 

United States of America USA

The Market Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index in the United States is a reliable measure of the performance of the manufacturing sector, generated from a survey of 600 industrial companies. The index is composed of five factors, each contributing a different weight to the overall score: New Orders (30%), Output (25%), Employment (20%), Suppliers’ Delivery Times (15%) and Stock of Items Purchased (10%).  

United Kingdom UK

The Manufacturing Purchasing Managers Index (MPMI) from Market/CIPS UK is a measure of the performance of the manufacturing sector that is determined from a survey of 600 businesses. The MPMI is an amalgamation of five separate indexes, with each being assigned a specific weighting: New Orders (30 percent), Output (25 percent), Employment (20 percent), Suppliers’ Delivery Times (15 percent) and Stock of Items Purchased (10 percent).  


The Caixin Manufacturing PMI Purchasing Managers’ Index in China is a survey-based metric that evaluates the performance of the manufacturing sector, taken from a pool of 430 private industrial companies. The survey uses five individual indexes to calculate the score, with their respective weights being New Orders (30%), Output (25%), Employment (20%), Suppliers’ Delivery Times (15%), and Stock of Items Purchased (10%).  

United Arab Emirates (UAE)

In the United Arab Emirates, the Emirates NBD UAE Purchasing Managers’ Index is a measure of the performance of non-oil private sector companies and is determined through a survey of 400 firms, including manufacturing, services, construction and retail. This index is based on five constituent indexes with the following weights: New Orders (30%), Output (25%), Employment (20%), Suppliers’ Delivery Times (15%), and Stock of Items Purchased (10%). 


Global Interesting News 

Freight News


Teesside Airport approved for perishable handling Read More 

No signs of Chinese New Year rise in air cargo demand Read More 

FFAF Cargo launches subsidiary in India Read More 

American Airlines’ cargo revenue tops $1.2B despite market slide Read More 

Comac to convert ARJ21 airliner into a freighter Read More 

Singapore Airlines awards WFS domestic cargo trucking contract to connect 18 UK airports Read More 

Globe Air Cargo Japan premieres with Air Premia’s Japanese launch Read More 

DB Schenker launches global CO2-neutral air freight offer Read More 

Gulf Air and Unilode extend partnership Read More  

Challenge Group offers capacity from Türkiye Read More 

Qatar Airways secures Li-batt certification Read More 

dnata, Emirates Leisure Retail, SEGAP start operations in Zanzibar airport Read More 

 Four new, more sustainable freighter aircraft for KLM Group Read More 

Kuehne+Nagel teams up with Lenovo to reduce carbon footprint Read More 

Air Canada Cargo expands freighter services to Liege, Basel Read More 

Hamilton Airport gets C$46.9mn funding for infra projects Read More 

Etihad Cargo bolsters its global customer service centre operations Read More 

Amazon Air takes off in India Read More 

Antonov carries 169 tonnes sensitive cargo from Europe to Canada Read More 

 KLM accelerates sustainability efforts with Martinair A350F order Read More 

 WFS goes green across cargo and ground handling operations at Spanish airports Read More 

Air France Embarks on WhatsApp for a Direct Relationship with its Customers Read More 


Container rates are ‘like a fighter aircraft that has been shot down’ Read More 

Shipping hurt by weak demand for Chinese goods Read More 

More than 50 sailings from Asia to Europe blanked in first seven weeks Read More 

Surplus tonnage cascading a threat to smaller box ships Read More 

Carriers take short-term rate hit and eye post-CNY demand surge Read More 

International airfreight rates hit turbulence and ocean freight prices sink. Will shoppers’ benefit? Read More 

Carrier alliances shaped by decade of crises, price war and major acquisitions Read More 

How will Maersk-MSC split redraw container shipping landscape? Read More 

Port of New York-New Jersey sees imports softening after a record year Read More 

FMC reports over 200 charge complaints against ocean carriers since June Read More 

Maersk to integrate Hamburg Süd and Sealand Read More 

King Abdulaziz Port launches container terminal development project Read More 

Brazilian President confirms reversal of port privatisation plans Read More 

Saudi ports record 13 per cent annual throughput growth in 2022 Read More 

Shipping Platform Freightos Goes Public in SPAC Deal Read More 

West Coast Port Labor Contract Talks Remain in Limbo Read More 

Maersk rebrands Hamburg Süd and several other well-known subsidiaries Read More 

Singaporean competition authorities to probe DSME sale Read More 

Maritime supply chains need urgent investment to boost resilience to future crises Read More 

UK driver shortage adds to ocean freight ‘perfect storm’ Read More 


Electric vehicles will have tough audience in LTL carriers Read More 

The Uber-ization of US Trucking is only Speeding Up Read More 

Fleet Advantage Helps Corporate Truck Fleets Certify GHG Output For New SEC Climate Disclosure Proposal Read More 

Railway Talks with China Terminated as Uganda Turns to Turkey Read More 

U.S. Container Imports on Downward Track in 2023 Read More 

Intra-Italy railway line resumes operations amid Yilport’s ongoing investments in Taranto terminal Read More 

Port of Valencia enjoys rail traffic growth Read More 

UK van drivers will need new goods vehicle operating licences to enter EU from May Read More 

Gebrüder Weiss boosts operations in Bulgaria Read More 

European road freight prices reach record highs Read More 

Russian rail companies struggle with volume collapse as sanctions bite Read More 

LTL players up their game and rates head up despite volume slowdown Read More 


Electric trucks and ships? Metals for batteries ‘will run out by 2050’ Read More 

EU relaxes state aid rules to drive ‘greener’ multimodal transport Read More 

DP World projects further declines in freight rates Read More 

Maersk scraps name of German forwarder Read More 

Russian Oil Price Cap: Complexity, Disruption and Unintended Consequences Read More 

73% of Supply Chain Professionals Predict Chaos on Cards due to Early Chinese New Year and COVID Infections in China Read More 

The World Bank is Forecasting a Recession – Good News for Some Read More 

MPC Container Ships, INERATEC to explore new alternative fuel for shipping Read More 

CMA CGM announces new peak season surcharges worldwide Read More 

Cargo theft increased by 15% in 2022; a total of $223 million was stolen Read More 

Freight Forwarder Flexport Is Laying Off 20% of Its Workforce Read More 

Etihad Cargo boosts China capacity with additional Shanghai freighter service Read More 

Project by UNCTAD port programme graduate saves fresh water in Malaysia Read More 

3PL News

UK logistics and warehousing lags behind Europe on solar power Read More 

A Prominent Freight Forwarder Faces Impending Layoffs Read More 

As Cargo Volumes Slow, Maersk Invests in Flagship Shanghai Warehouse Read More  

Dnata breaks ground with new cargo warehouse in Iraq Read More 

Amazon is moving to a single monthly storage cap for FBA sellers Read More 

Prologis Says Warehouse Demand Remains Strong in Slowing Economy Read More 

Warehouse Leasing Tumbled at the End of 2022 Read More 

Bolloré Logistics Strengthens Commitment to Thailand with SMILE HUB, a Modern Warehouse & Distribution Centre Read More 

Warehouse automation market growth is expected to cool in 2023 Read More 

Low emission warehousing: operational efficiency with a positive environmental impact Read More 

Bolloré warehouse fire raises new concerns over lithium battery safety Read More 

Xcell Logistics Services, a B.I.G. Logistics Company, Expands Warehousing Presence in Laredo, TX with Second 3PL Facility Read More 

Last-mile logistics growth in the U.S. continues to grow strongly Read More 

Amazon to close three UK warehouses and open two new mega DCs Read More 

Bottleneck at LA distribution center eats away at Dr. Martens earnings Read More 

Co-Warehousing Space Market May Set New Epic Growth Story | Flowspace, Waredock, Saltbox Read More 

UAE Third-Party Logistics Market to Worth US$ 6,529.7 Million By 2030 | Import and Export Activities Determine Right Path for Market Growth | Astute Analytica Read More 

The Global Automotive 3PL Market is forecast to grow by $93.48 bn during 2022-2027, accelerating at a CAGR of 6.6% during the forecast period Read More 

Trade and Customs News

The Transatlantic Relation in the Era of Friend-shoring Read More 

Iran sanctions evasion network used UAE, Panama front companies Read More 

Demand-supply gaps and geoeconomic confrontation top WEF risk report Read More 

African states to get US$150mn trade finance from IsDB Read More 

Trade costs rise as war risk cover cancellation takes effect Read More 

UK links up with Thailand on digital trade Read More 

US banks throw weight behind sustainable finance, but corporates remain indifferent Read More 

Pakistan faces ongoing commodity shortages as dollar crisis and lack of LCs take effect Read More 

UNCTAD customs automation programme to bolster trade for Tajikistan Read More 

An urgent appeal to the shipping community: Help the UN avert catastrophe in Yemen Read More 

New cargo verification data rules costly and testing for UAE importers Read More 

Thailand Opens First Digital Free Trade Hub Read More 

China’s trade tumbles sharply in Dec, clouds 2023 growth outlook Read More 

Ecommerce Logistics News (H3) 

Returns a costly and speeding juggernaut for Amazon and parcel carriers Read More 

FedEx to Pare Sunday Deliveries Again as E-Commerce Wanes Read More 

EFW redelivers its 10th aircraft to DHL Express in time for ecommerce and cargo demand Read More 

Emirates SkyCargo adds UK to Home Delivery Shopping Platform Read More 

How Amazon plans to transform Indian e-commerce with air service Read More 

Cross Border eCommerce Logistics Market Growth Factors, Applications, Regional Analysis, Key Players and Forecast by 2029 Read More 

Walmart, Amazon Lead Shift to Boost Last-Mile Delivery Options Read More 

Veho and Shipium Partner to Reinvent the E-Commerce Delivery Experience Read More 

Ethiopian Airline, MailAmerica launch e-commerce logistics services Read More 

Radial Selects Covariant to Automate eCommerce Fulfillment with AI-Powered Robotics Read More 

Why shippers will add more FedEx and UPS competitors to their carrier mix in 2023 Read More 

Shopee to increase investments in Malaysia Read More 

Alibaba Plans Logistics Hub at Istanbul Airport, Data Center Near Ankara Read More 

FedEx, UPS and Amazon look to shore-up margins in a slower market Read More 

PH, China sign MOU on e-commerce Read More 

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