US consumers drive container boom in strained freight market

The continuously growing US demand for goods is a defining factor in the bottlenecks and delays that challenge the container market. Global demand, however, is normal, writes Sea-Intelligence.

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While global demand has remained unchanged throughout the past 12 months, US consumers are importing more goods and driving the massive growth in demand.

The goods are imported mainly on container vessels sailing from Asia to ports in Long Beach and Los Angeles in particular, where 75 vessels are currently waiting in line to berth and unload, writes Sea-Intelligence in an analysis of September's US import figures.

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