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Clarkson Research paints a bleak picture of the container market

Significantly lower growth in the container market, a missing peak season, and minimal growth in container volumes on the key routes. These are some of the underlying tendencies of the sector, according to the latest container analysis by Clarkson Research.

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According to current projections, the global container trade will grow by just 4.5 percent in 2012, compared to 7.1 percent in 2011, and growth on the key routes will be just 0.7 percent in 2012. Those are just some of the discouraging facts found in Clarkson Research’s new Container Intelligence Monthly report.

“European imports in particular continue to shrink. Latest industry figures suggest that Asia-Europe box volumes contracted by 3-6 percent year-on-year through September, with no discernible peak season,” writes Clarkson Research.

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