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Surge in demand! CMA CGM adjusts the PSS from Asia to the Red Sea, spends a lot of money on chartering, and launches special routes!

2024-06-17 09:51

At present, affected by factors such as the chaotic situation in the Red Sea, the continued tension of shipping capacity, and the intensification of port congestion, freight rates remain high.

The latest Shanghai Freight Index (SCFI) released by the Shanghai Shipping Exchange on June 14 was 3379.22 points, up 6.1% from the previous period.

      At the same time, the shipping company is still issuing price increase notices one after another.
      On June 14, French shipping giant CMA CGM announced that it will update the Peak Season Surcharge (PSS) from all ports in Asia to the Middle East Gulf, the Red Sea and the Indian subcontinent from June 20, 2024 (loading date) until further notice.
      The specific amount is $1,000 per 20-foot dry and reefer container (all types) and $2,000 per 40-foot dry and reefer container (all types).

       It is understood that CMA CGM recently signed a short-term charter contract for a 7,000 TEU newbuilding, with a rent of up to $105,000 per day.
      It is reported that the 7,092 TEU "Kota Callao" is one of six ships built by Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding in China for Taiwan's TS Lines, and the ship has been confirmed by multiple charter brokerage companies to have a confirmed charter period of 3 months and a daily rent of 105,000 US dollars, which will be delivered in the next two weeks.
      With the return of six-figure daily charter rates, which have set a new record since the pandemic, liner companies are once again paying sky-high rentals for short-term charters, also marking the return of small container operators to the Asia-Europe trade lane.

      CMA CGM also recently announced on its website that it will launch the "French Peak Service", a seasonal service designed to meet the surging demand for sea transportation between Asia, Northern Europe and the Mediterranean.
      CMA CGM said that from June 30 to early September, seven additional 7,000 TEU vessels will be deployed on the route, with bi-weekly departures from China, alternating calls at ports in the Nordic (Le Havre, Antwerp) and Mediterranean (Forsse-sur-Mer, Malta) regions.
      In addition, the opening of the new route will increase the available capacity by 25% in this high-demand market, helping to ease the pressure on maritime transportation.

The port rotation for this France peak season trade is as follows:
      Yantian - Vung Tau - Singapore - Le Havre - Antwerp
      Shekou - Vung Tau - Singapore - Marina Forth - Malta
      The maiden voyage was departed from Yantian Port on 30 June 2024 by the APL OREGON.
      For the Asia-Europe route market, analysts at the Shanghai Shipping Exchange said that the Red Sea crisis has not eased, and major shipping companies continue to detour, exacerbating the tension in the supply of market capacity. At present, most flights on Asia-Europe routes are fully loaded, and spot market booking prices continue to rise.

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