Carriers cancel nearly half of sailings between China and Middle East

The overheated container market is now impacting the route from Asia to the Middle East, where nearly half of the weekly sailings have been canceled due to a lack of capacity, writes Alphaliner.

Jebel Ali, Dubai | Photo: DP World

The container sector's acute shortage of tonnage is now impacting the route from Asia, primarily central China, to the Middle East, where shippers are short on vessels.

Due to the overheated container market, major carriers have instead moved ships to the east-west routes, particularly the route across the Pacific from Asia to the US, where rates are at record levels.

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