Analysis: Container ships lack cargo for return trips

There can be a difference of up to 35 percent between how adepts container carriers are at filling their ships for the return trip, backhaul, from a fully loaded outbound trip, according to a new analysis from Boston Consulting Group.

While European and North American economies are still the ones importing the most, fewer goods are transported the other way. Though container ships are sailing more teu from Asia and South America to Europe and North America, carriers are more challenged when it comes to filling their ships for the return voyage, the so-called backhaul.

International consulting firm Boston Consulting Group has studied how adept carriers are at filling the ships, and the analysis shows that there is a big difference.

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