Ningbo Containerized Freight Index Report For May 17


  • In this week’s report, the index highlights notable changes in rates across key routes.
  • For instance, shipments from Ningbo to Europe saw a significant increase of 6.39%, reaching 2120.20.
  • This surge may be attributed to heightened demand for goods transported to major European ports like Hamburg and Rotterdam.

The route from Ningbo to the Middle East witnessed a remarkable rise of 13.92%, with rates reaching 2031.01. This increase may reflect increased shipping demand to ports such as Dammam and Dubai, possibly driven by economic activities or specific market conditions in the region.

Meanwhile, the route to the West Mediterranean experienced a marginal increase of 0.19%, reaching 2440.46. Ports like Barcelona, Valencia, and Genoa serve as key destinations, indicating relatively stable market conditions in the region.

Conversely, the route to the East Mediterranean saw a moderate rise of 0.93%, reaching 1966.72. Ports such as Piraeus and Istanbul continue to attract shipping traffic, reflecting sustained trade activity in the region.

Contributing Factors

Various factors contribute to these fluctuations in rates. Fuel costs play a significant role, with fluctuations in oil prices impacting bunker adjustment factors and overall freight rates. Additionally, surcharges, including currency adjustments, peak season charges, and war risk surcharges, contribute to the total ocean freight reported.

Industry Insights

The index is compiled from transactional data provided by major logistics companies operating in Ningbo, including CCL Logistics Co and Sinotrans Ningbo Logistics Co., Ltd. While certain surcharges, such as bunker adjustment factors and canal transit fees, are included in reported rates, others like terminal operation fees and security charges are not, affecting the overall cost structure for shippers.

The latest Ningbo Containerised Freight Index underscores the dynamic nature of global container shipping, influenced by a myriad of factors. Stakeholders in the maritime industry rely on such indices to gauge market trends, optimize supply chain operations, and make informed business decisions amidst evolving trade dynamics.

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Source: Baltic Exchange