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2016 continues where 2015 ended, with all eyes on China. This is mainly because of uncertainty surrounding the development of the world’s second-largest economy. When the first day of the Shanghai Stock Exchange of 2016 closed prematurely, the trading results echoed around the world. It warned us that we are in for a rough ride in 2016.
The decision of the EU Council to launch EUNAVFOR Med was today strongly welcomed by BIMCO, following the association’s statement on 24 April calling for an extension of Operation Triton’s geographical reach.
Following today’s vote in the European Parliament, adopting a regional EU Regulation on the Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) of individual ship emissions of CO2, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), BIMCO and Intercargo have issued the following statement...
Two key trading lanes attract attention these days: one being the major battlefield today – the other being the potential battlefield of tomorrow.
“The importance of China to the shipping market is second to none. This goes for all major shipping segments. In spite of leaving the double-digit growth rates behind us in the previous decade, the sheer size of the world’s second-largest economy now gives so much impetus to our industry that we have become addicted to China.”
On a global scale, containerised export data from CTS, shows that activity improved in May following a weak start to 2013. Since then, the pace has picked up, and November and December saw 5-7% growth rates from same months of last year.
The arrival of January also meant that Capesize freight rates once again touched the ground following three extraordinary months of flying high. Q4-2013 represents the strongest quarter in demand ever, and the seasonal weakness of Q1 simply had to affect the level of freight rates negatively.
Global monetary policy easing, low interest rates and volatile inflationary pressure from goods, services, and assets is “dish of the day” as the global economy is desperate to shrug off the bad effects of the financial crisis that still haunts us.