Posted on March 5, 2024
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Market Update: Leverage House of Shipping’s Insights on Ocean and Air Freight Trends in February

Unlock unparalleled insights with House of Shipping’s February Market Update, your strategic advantage in the ever-evolving landscape of supply chain and logistics.  

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Key highlights: 

  • Global full-year demand in 2023, measured in cargo tonne-kilometers (CTKs), was down 1.9% compared to 2022 (-2.2% for intl. ops.). Compared to 2019, it was down 3.6% (-3.8 for intl. ops.). 
  • Capacity in 2023, measured in available cargo tonne-kilometers (ACTKs), was 11.3% above 2022 (+9.6% for intl. ops.). Compared to 2019 (pre-COVID) levels, capacity was up 2.5% (0.0% for intl. ops.). 
  • IATA forecast air cargo demand growth to be +4.5% in 2024 YoY. 2024 Capacity is expected to contract -3%, signaling a change from the previous few years where capacity growth significantly outweighed overall demand. 
  • Indications that spot rates from Asia are already softening, after the recent bounce. If the Suez Canal diversions last until the end of Q2, then Drewry still expects average East-West rates to decline by more than 10% in 2024 (vs 2023). 


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Market Update: Leverage House of Shipping’s Insights on Ocean and Air Freight Trends in February

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