For the first time since 2013, container volumes increased on routes from Europe to the east coast of South America, which has become a battleground between carriers following the recent consolidation and in particular Maersk Line's acquisition of Hamburg Süd.
On the other hand, growth in volumes from the east coast to Europe and thereby the reefer-heavy routes for Brazilian food exports to Northern Europe and the Mediterranean remain weak, shows data from South American analyst Datamar, according to Drewry.
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