Container cargo movement “has dropped off a cliff”


This Business in Vancouver article includes the following comments about container carriers and terminals:

  • West Coast ports suffered an overall 23.3 per cent drop in volume - the biggest decline in over seven years.
  • Demand growth for container cargo movement “has dropped off a cliff.”
  • Regardless of how global container cargo movement is being measured, “it is now less than what we did pre-pandemic.”
  • Most of the supply chain bottlenecks at major container cargo hubs have been removed. 
  • We’re seeing a lot of capacity come back on stream at exactly the same time as we are seeing demand collapse.
  • Average global container port throughput growth is likely to drop to 0.2 per cent in 2022’s third quarter, down from 8.2 per cent in the same quarter in 2021.

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