Positive developments for liner companies could be short-lived

Even though the container segment's third quarter is showing signs of improvement, stakeholders should not get their hopes up just yet, says analyst firm Alphaliner.

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The first and second quarters of 2018 caused a great deal of grief for liner shipping companies, which were hit by higher fuel prices and declining average freight rates.

The third quarter is showing signs of improvement, but container carriers should hold off on celebrating for now, says analyst firm Alphaliner, which projects that overcapacity and lower freight volumes will continue to put a damper on a sustainable improvement of freight rates.

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