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Market Updates – Logistics Industry in November 2022 

Boxship Deliveries Forecast 2023 and 2024

The port congestion has reduced, and the traffic jams of laden vessels have eased down as well. However, global container ship orderbooks have been increasing since mid-year, despite the latest market problems and recession concerns. The container line business is still very profitable, yet the charter and freight rates are reducing, indicating the market is now reaching its peak.  

In addition, the spot rates are decreasing for many trade lanes, while the cargo volumes are also going down. The traditional Liner shipping’s peak season is barely there in 2022, and the industry experts feel this plunge is structural rather than seasonal, which could lead towards global recession.  

In coming years, the risk of war, energy crises, political instability, and economical problems will impact the consumer’s pattern and can reduce the global trade volume, especially for the manufactured goods. Adding to this, the Corona restrictions also had an impact on consumer’s purchase habits, since they prefer to spend on goods rather than on services. 

In 2023 and 2024, it is expected to see an increase of 2.3 MTEU and 2.8 MTEU, total of 5.1 MTEU, in newbuilding tonnage respectively. By 2025, this number would increase to 7.3 MTEU, that is 28.3% of the current container ship fleet. 

All in all, the number of ships hitting the water will increase, despite the stagnant demand. The supply of tonnage is expected to exceed the vessel demand next year, which will cause the liner shipping market to have structural overcapacity. 

Source: DHL

UAE Ocean Freight Market Updates – November 2022



Strong Increase 


Moderate Increase 


No Change 


Moderate Decline 


Strong Decline 


ME – North America

The ports on United States East Coast (USEC) are expected to see more challenges due to vessel congestions at New York and Savannah ports. 

CapacityNo change (=) 

Rate No Change (=) 


Note Book the vessels 4 weeks before Estimated Time of Departure (ETD) 

ME – Europe

Despite the easing of congestion problem in North Europe, the situation will remain fluid until the labor dispute is completely taken care of. 

CapacityNo Change (=) 

Rate No Change to Moderate Decline (=/-) 


Note Allow flexibility in shipment due to congestion and labor dispute. 

ME – Asia Pacific

There were a massive number of blank sails in the month of September. The carriers are trying to break even in the last quarter or get small profits and avoid rate erosions.  

CapacityModerate Decline (-) 

Rate Strong Decline (–) 


Note 3 weeks prior bookings are recommended. 

ME – Latin America

With an increase in the weekly capacity, schedule improvements are expected in mid-November. The demand of South American East Coast (SAEC) is stagnant for November but is expected to increase at the end of this year or beginning of the next. 

Capacity – Moderate Increase (+) 

Rate – No Change (=) 


Note – Allow flexibility in shipment.  


North America – ME

The congestion problems prevail. The rail cargo has been affected the most, especially in Dallas, Chicago, Kansas City, St. Louis, and Memphis. Due to the chassis shortage, the import containers are unloading but not departing due to the rail shortage. Therefore, the containers at ports are stacking and the terminal space is running out. To avoid the congestion time delays happen. The same condition exists on the west coast. 

CapacityNo Change for some ports (=) 

Rate No Change to Moderate Decline (=/-) 


Note Vessel capacity for Houston is tight due to high demand and delayed vessels & Chicago remains the most reliable Inland Port Intermodal (IPI). 

Europe – ME

More strikes are expected in Europe, which could lead to blockage in the UK and Nothern Europe ports. Due to record summer heat waves, the water level is very low in the inland waterways, which will limit the cargo volumes. 

Capacity – Moderate Decline (-) 

Rate – Moderate Decline (-) 


Note Make the booking 4 weeks prior to the Cargo Ready Date (CRD) 

Asia Pacific – ME

The export demand out of Asia is expected to be flat. The rate will be reduced further as ad hoc blank sailing programs haven’t shown any impact on the prices. 

Capacity – Moderate Increase (+) 

Rate – Moderate Decline (-) 


Note Allow flexibility when planning shipments.

State Of Airfreight Industry in UAE – November 2022

Air Freight Demand – The total volume is expected to remain low as inflation is expected to increase further in 2023. 
Carrier Capacity The overall capacity in comparison to October 2021 has increased by 18%. 
Local Rates – The rates are expected to soften for most of the tradelines. 

The Middle East and Air Carriers ME

Based on the IATA report, the carriers in the Middle East have been experiencing an annual decrease of 11.3% in cargo volume. The slack cargo volume in and out of Europe has caused this decrease. Similarly, in comparison to August 2021, the capacity has decreased by 0.1%. 

Asia – ME

In Northern China, the demand remains low to US middle and East Coast destination and the rates are slightly reduced. Whereas on the West Coast, capacity is tight due to a rise in the value of ecommerce, and the prices remain the same. Moreso, Air China will resume its freight services, after being shut down for a few months. This will increase the market capacity.


Trans Specific East Bound (TSEB) rates in South China are decreasing and charter cancellations still prevails due to the soft markets. The situation in the Far East West Bound (FEWB) is a bit different, as the rates are stable and new charters are being added. The client demand for ecommerce is also increasing in South China’s market.  


The Taiwan market is now normal due to demand increasing at the end of the month. Whereas, in Korea, the fuel surcharge is expected to increase, following OPEC’s decision to reduce oil production by two million barrels. 


In Southeast Asia, the high demand at certain ports like TPE and CAN are becoming a hurdle in the rate reduction.  

America - ME

In America, the export demand is steady in all the markets and US airports are running at a normal schedule. While the rates are stable, the capacity into Europe is increasing.  


Air Canada has announced on 1st of October to start 2 non-stop freighters every week from St. Johns to Frankfort, and 3 per week from YYT to Madrid. 


However, a shortage in trucking capacity and airport congestion has been observed, which is increasing the dwell time for inbound cargo. Luckily, this is expected to be cleared in the first quarter of next year. 

Europe – ME

The demand out of Europe has not changed. There is ample capacity, but it is expected to decrease and the prices to rise as the frequency of passenger flight reduces due to weather change. Moreso, the possible strikes at London Heathrow (LHR) and Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG) may impact the operations in the coming week. 


In this growing soft market, there can be air and ground bottlenecks that will have negative impact on the market operations.  

Local News from United Arab Emirates – November 2022

CMA CGM has released price and surcharge updates to maintain the efficiency and reliability of their services for Middle East Gulf, Indian Subcontinent, Red Sea, Egypt to US East Coast and US Gulf and Canada East Coast. Read more


Saudi Arabia is aiming to increase logistics business in Persian Gulf Region and create new economic zones to attract global logistics firms. Read more


The accounting and financial system from Maersk will now be migrated to the latest version of SAP S/4HANA. By doing so, it will standardize invoicing processes and improve the quality of invoices you receive. Read more 


The Dubai South’s Masary system and DAFZ’s Smart Gate Pass Application will be integrated with the dnata Cargo Appointment and Dock Management System (ADM) from December 1st, 2022. This will allow seamless flow of information to authorities to manage their respective zones. Read more 


Maersk is revising the Terminal Handling Service (Destination and Origin) charges. Read more

Factory Output – November 2022

The Drewry World Container Index (WCI) is 70% lower than the peak it reached in September 2021 and lower than the 5-year average of $3,747 (16% less), which indicates that the prices are returning to the normal level.

Source: https://www.drewry.co.uk

United States

The US composite PMI has decreased to 47.3 in October 2022, which was at 49.5 in the previous month. This is the second fastest contraction in the private sector since 2009. Moreso, the service providers have also observed the second-largest decline in the output in 2.5 years. 

United Kingdom

The composite PMI for United Kingdom has reduced to 47.2 in October 2022 from 49.1 in the previous month. For manufacturers, the contraction rate is at its lowest in 29 months due to supply shortages and weakening demand.  


The composite PMI for United Kingdom has reduced to 47.2 in October 2022 from 49.1 in the previous month. For manufacturers, the contraction rate is at its lowest in 29 months due to supply shortages and weakening demand.  

United Arab Emirates

After the 38-month high of 56.7, the UAE PMI has reduced to 56.1 in September. However, it still shows a good improvement in the non-oil economy. It also shows that the local businesses are performing well despite the global recession.  

Interesting News

Air Freight

MSC continues to grow air cargo team Read More


SkyPallet enhances processes at Air Europa Cargo Read More 


Siemens Logistics, Qatar Airways Cargo and Qatar Aviation Services Cargo agree on cooperation to digitalise cargo processes Read More


BCC and DHL: Removing trade barriers key to boosting export growth of UK business Read more


UPS expands Lyon Airport hub with €12 million investment Read More


Hactl to handle CMA CGM Air Cargo’s new Hong Kong services Read more 

Ocean Freight

New shipping service launched to link Dammam to four global ports Read more 


New Lock at the Soo: Unlocking the Great Lakes Read more


Boxship bottlenecks on US east coast begin to unwind Read more 


MSC to Acquire Towage Operator Rimorchiatori Mediterranei Read More 


Liverpool Port Workers to Strike for Another Two Weeks Read More 


Southern California’s Notorious Container Ship Backup Ends Read More 


Imports slide further in the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles Read more 


IMO Sec-Gen Marks Entry Into Force of Carbon Intensity Rules Read more 

Land Freight

FedEx drafts on-ground team in Cambodia Read More

Supply Chain

Maersk secures major logistics customer in UK Read More


Cosco Shipping enters logistics arena with investment in 3PL affiliate Read More 

Air Freight

China’s logistics industry index jumps by 4.3 percentage points in Sep as demand rebounds Read More


XPO Logistics Reports Preliminary 3Q Revenue of $3.04 Billion Read More  

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