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GSF-UBS Quarterly Global Report on Rate Trends and Supply-Demand Projections

In partnership with UBS GSF has entered into an agreement to provide GSF members with a quarterly global freight report. The report provides UBS's assessment of trends in global liner shipping and air cargo markets. It includes authoritative and independent data on world trade growth and projections, rate trends and supply and demand information, from which future likely price projections are made.

As shippers, you are confronted with a bewildering array of price indices and a diet of daily and often conflicting news stories about rates and trends. One minute up, the next down! The GSF-UBS report aims to cut through all this confusion and noise to give shippers an independent global freight assessment from an unimpeachable and internationally renowned source. In fact, the source major carriers often turn to when they want to know the real prospects for global trade upon which they make their main investment and business decisions. It is, therefore, an essential 'must have' guide for shippers making their own supply chain investments and negotiating future contracts with carriers.

This first GSF-UBS report highlights that:

  • world trade growth volumes remain low against long-term trends and the trend will continue for the next few years
  • while there is an short-term up-ward pressure on container rates, there is structural oversupply indicating that rates will continue to be under pressure
  • Container capacity is not being managed well
  • Air freight rates are rock bottom and air cargo continues on a down-ward spiral

For more, go direct to the full GSF-UBS quarterly global freight report.

Please note: this report is not for dissemination.