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SeaIntel: Container customers have fewer options today

Since 2012, the number of weekly services on the Asia - North Europe route has declined by 36 percent, and customers are having an increasingly difficult time keeping up, notes SeaIntel in a new analysis.

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The customers of container shipowners on the deep-sea services between Asia and North Europe have seen a major reduction in their number of choices in recent years. Just in the past summer, from June to August, the carriers have shut down a total of four services, according to a study performed by analyst agency SeaIntel.

Across all of the major container routes, the total decline in the carriers' weekly services was most significant on Asia-North Europe, mainly driven by the influx of ultra-large container ships and new constellations in the alliances between carriers. This has resulted in fewer options for the customers.

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