Shipping rates hit zero as trade sinks

Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
London Telegraph
Wednesday, Jan 14, 2009

Freight rates for containers shipped from Asia to Europe have fallen to zero for the first time since records began, underscoring the dramatic collapse in trade since the world economy buckled in October.

"They have already hit zero," said Charles de Trenck, a broker at Transport Trackers in Hong Kong. "We have seen trade activity fall off a cliff. Asia-Europe is an unmit­igated disaster."

Shipping journal Lloyd's List said brokers in Singapore are now waiving fees for containers travelling from South China, charging only for the minimal "bunker" costs. Container fees from North Asia have dropped $200, taking them below operating cost.

Industry sources said they have never seen rates fall so low. "This is a whole new ball game," said one trader.

(ARTICLE CONTINUES BELOW)

The Baltic Dry Index (BDI) which measures freight rates for bulk commodities such as iron ore and grains crashed several months ago, falling 96pc. The BDI – though a useful early-warning index – is highly volatile and exaggerates apparent ups and downs in trade. However, the latest phase of the shipping crisis is different. It has spread to core trade of finished industrial goods, the lifeblood of the world economy.

Trade data from Asia's export tigers has been disastrous over recent weeks, reflecting the collapse in US, UK and European markets.

Full article here

[DISCUSS THIS STORY IN OUR FORUM]




Paul Watson on the Alex Jones Show: The Gold Rush & The Economy


Paul Joseph Watson: Internet Censorship a Growing Cancer



Steve Watson: British Kids Encouraged To Become "Climate Cops"



Steve Watson: Terror Stopped For Putting My Hand in My Pocket




Web PM
Copyright © Global Matrix Enterprises 2001-2009. All rights reserved. Legal Notice.