The world's second-largest logistics group, German DHL, saw its freight volumes from shipping decline 1.5 percent in the first half of 2013, down to 1.36 million teu. The company booked 2.7 million teu in 2012. DHL attributes the decline to stagnation on the traditional the east-west routes:
“In the sea freight business, we were able to produce slight volume gains on trade lanes between the north and the south and within the continents. But east-west trade lanes are still going through a period of weakness,” says CFO Larry Rosen to Lloyd's List.