Weekly capacity in the Asia–North America container trade has increased by 13.9% since the beginning of the year.
Despite the noise around their activities, the Transpacific services launched by recent newcomers have only marginally contributed to this capacity increase.
Meanwhile, the members of the three mega-alliances still had a joint market share of 88.6% on 1 August, which compares to 91.5% at the beginning of the year.
The position of the three big alliances on the Asia – Europe trade also remains unchallenged.
While new players in the market have started offering two Far East-North Europe sailings per month with Panamax ships of 4,400 TEU, this only represents 0.5% of the total offering on this trade.
Nevertheless, the expansion of certain Chinese regional carriers on these East-West trades remains impressive. One company increased its capacity from 8,225 TEU on 1 January to 54,786 TEU and climbed over 50 steps in the Alphaliner Top 100 ranking.