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Logistics Market Update – March 2023 

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Logistics Market Update – March 2023 

MegaMax Container Ships Winning Over the Market in 2023

In 2023, the leading 11 container lines in the world will add 89 more large container vessels to their services. The shippers can expect 31 new MegaMax (MGX), 9 mainline vessels (greater than 7’000 TEU), and 41 NeoPanamx (NPX). Nevertheless, due to market demand, there might be a slight delay in the delivery of these ships.  


The first MegaMax container wave will start from Ningbo, where 24’116 TEU MSC TESSA will become part of the service ‘AE6/Lion’. Based on the expert views, this will be the biggest containership in the world for some time, until the 24,188 TEU OOCL SPAIN becomes part of Far East-North Europe LL3 loop on 21st March. The other containers hitting the market includes 24,346 TEU MSC IRINA joining ‘AE10/Jade Service’ on March 21st, 24,116 TEU MSC CELESTINO MARESCA on 28th March joining ‘AE6/Lion’, Shanghai’s MSC RAYA joining the service on 9th April, and lastly, 23’666 TEU BERLIN EXPRESS that joining The Alliance loop of Far East-North Europe. 

MegaMax Container Ships Winning Over the Market in 2023

Ocean Freight Overview – March 2023

Ocean Freight march 2023 Overview



Strong Increase 


Moderate Increase 


No Change 


Moderate Decline 


Strong Decline 


Middle East – North America

The capacity will remain flat over the month, while the rates will reduce slightly. The capacity available for Turkey is above the demand, which is why, the ships are not sailing in full. On the other hand, due to soft rates on Asia-US demand, the space has opened up for Asia.  

Capacity — (=)   

Rate — (-)   

Note: The port congestion on the US ports has improved; while the space remains tight for the Gulf region.  

Middle East – Asia

For the trade lane of Middle East to Asia, the rate and capacity will remain flat. The cargo rate has reached to the pre-pandemic level for Turkey to China shipments, and the capacity is more than the current demand. 

Capacity — (=)    

Rate — (=)   


Note: After the Chinese New Year, Gulf services have experienced rate rebound.  

Middle East – Europe

The capacity will remain the same; whereas the rates are expected to decrease slightly. MSC has recently updated their route from West Med-WAF to Turkiye-West Med-WAF on 21st of February 2023. 

Capacity — (=)   

Rate — (-)   

Note: Aliaga and Izir call connection added to STS service by ONE. Despite that, the demand remains contract.  

Middle East – Latin America

There are no changes expected in capacity or rate. However, less active carriers, like EMC, WHL, and YML are also offering space for this trade lane, improving the space condition for the trade lane.   

Capacity — (=)    

Rate — (=)  

Inbound Updates

Asia – Middle East

With the upcoming Eid holidays, a volume surge is expected in the Middle East markets. Also, due to the Pre-Lunar New Year blank sailings, the GRIs will remain strong for all the Gulf and Red Sea markets. The East MD market has been impacted after The Alliance’s blank sailing programs. Luckily, the non-Alliance is counterbalancing to mitigate the immediate GRIs. 

Capacity — (-)   

Rate — (+)   

Note: There will be volume surge in the Middle East markets.  

North America – Middle East

For the MENA region and Turkey/Egypt, the capacity is opening up this month and the rates are softening. The port of Iskenderun is currently closed indefinitely for Mersin after the earthquake in Turkey/Syria. 

Capacity — (+)   

Rate — (-)


Note: All the humanitarian relief is taken from TR port to Iskenderun. 

Latin America – Middle East

For MED markets, the exports in Latin America are facing downward trends with rates coming back to the pre-pandemic level.  

Capacity — (=)   

Rate — (-)     

Note: The trade level remains high for Africa.

Europe – Middle East

This trade lane is moving into March with stagnant capacity and decreasing prices. For short-term and long-term contracts to East Med, the space will be available with soft rates. 

Capacity — (=)   

Rate — (=/-)  

Note: Equipment will be easily available.  

Air Freight Overview – March 2023

Air Freight Overview

Demand: Volume remains low, while the PMI index also indicates low export orders in this month. High inflation, Turkey/Syria earthquake, and Ukranian crises are affecting the rate. However, the low volumes are predicted to recover in the 2nd half of 2023. 


Capacity: The belly capacity has increased, so now the available capacity is sufficient to meet the current demand level. No bottlenecks are expected in the coming months; more so, a recovery in the CN PAX market is expected. 


Rates: The spot rates across most trade lanes are aggressive. Moreso, as the market is expected to recover in the 2nd half of 2023, the long-term rates are expected to increase. 

The Middle East and Air Carriers

Middle East Air Carriers have faced a loss of approximately USD 1.1 billion in 2022; however, in 2023, it is predicted to experience a gain of USD 268 million. This is because the passenger demand growth rate of 23.4 will exceed the capacity growth of 21.2%. Furthermore, the region has benefited as a result of rerouting after Russia-Ukraine war. 


In North China, the demand is picking up due to the volume increase in e-commerce and month-end usual factors. Whereas, in the South China, the rates are increasing due to the rise in demand; however, the supply will remain strained due to flight cancellations.  

In the Taiwanese market, the demand remains low, while the market is slack. There are no signs of improvement on the horizon.  

In Korea, the expectation was that the exChina’s ocean and air capacity would come under strain in March; however, it has now leveled up the falling rates.  

Lastly, in the Southeast Asia region, the market remains soft, and demand remains the same, indicating no signs of improvement in March as well.  


In American markets, the demand for exports remains steady, while the rates are also stable week over week. The capacity is opening, especially to the European markets. Furthermore, all the US airports are working at their normal pace.  


With increased fluctuation in rates WoW across point pairs, the overall demand in the market has increased. The rates and lead time are higher for the direct routes; however, indirect options with one or more connections are available at low prices, and longer transit time. All in all, there are no major disruptions or delays across major hubs.  

Shipping Local News - United Arab Emirates – March 2023

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Corporation (MOFAIC) of UAE has introduced a new electronic attestation system for commercial invoices, which will be effective from 1st February 2023. The applications can be submitted using any channel; however, conditions may apply for certain Declaration Types or invoices above certain values. Read More 


Hapag-Lloyd has introduced IMDG Code, 2022 edition (Amendment 41-22), which will be effective from January 1st, 2024.  Till then, IMDG Code, 2020 edition (Amendment 40-20) will be in place till December 31st, 2023. However, these may be applied voluntarily from January 1st, 2023. Read More 


Maersk’s logistics operations continue to be affected by the Turkey/Syria earthquake that hit the area on 6th February 2023. The representatives of the company will help with relief packages on the shipments in the affected areas. Read More 


The European Union is implementing a new security and safety program, the Import Control System 2 (ICS2). It is an automated process that will be applied to all cargo and mail to and from EU countries; the system will be effective from 1st March 2023. Read More 


Maersk has made some changes in the SLA, which will be effective from the 1st of March 2023. Following these changes is mandatory for payment confirmation, Bill of Lading, or Delivery Order release. Read More 


Hapag-Lloyd has announced a new update on their Marine Fuel Recovery (MFR). This will be applicable from the 1st of April 2023 on all trades and will be mentioned separately as a surcharge on Bill of Lading and invoice. Read More 


CMA CGM has announced a revision of the Bill of Lading export fees, effective from 1st of April 2023. Read More 


Lotus Shipping has announced to extend their services to Hodeidah port, Yemen through Djibouti. Read More 


UAFL Shipping has announced to increase its operational equipment surcharge in Moroni, effective from the 1st of March 2023. The step was taken after the rise in the Moroni Terminal Tariff on the 1st of January 2023. Read More 

Global Factory Output – Overview

Global Factory Output

The global Drewry World Container Index (WCI) decreased by 2% and recorded at $1,859 per 40ft container. The value indicates the return of prices to their normal level. 

United States of America USA

USA composite PMI

The USA composite PMI has reached 50.2 in the month of February 2023 from its value of 46.8 in the previous month. The reading indicates that the output across the private sector hasn’t changed broadly, which is due to the slow decrease in manufacturing production and slight increase in service sector output. From the price point of view, the input cost inflation was slower than October 2020; whereas the output charges have increased since that time. 

United Kingdom UK

PMI value for the UK

The PMI value for the UK has increased sharply from 48.5 in January to 53.0 in February 2023. This indicates the quick expansion in the private sector. Furthermore, there is growth in both the service and manufacturing sectors. The inflation prices have eased slightly, especially in the service sector. 


composite PMI of China

The composite PMI of China has increased from December 2022 and stands at 51.1 in January 2023. There was an expansion in the service sector for the first time in the last 5 months. The new orders have started to grow at a marginal rate. From the price point of view, the cost of input has increased; whereas the prices charged were steady. 

United Arab Emirates (UAE)

PMI of the UAE

The PMI of the UAE reduced to a one-year low value of 54.1 in January; but in February, it has shown a strong growth, especially in the non-oil business. Due to the boost in order inflow, the activity levels have increased as well.  

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