Rates need to increase further for the container sector to become profitable

High fuel prices and the upcoming sulfur regulations mean that rates will need to go up even further if the container shipping lines are to become profitable in the years to come, concludes Seaintelligence.

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Even though freight rates have increased in the past two years, they will need to improve further in order for the liner companies to make money in the coming years, where the new sulfur regulations are also set to hit the sector, concludes Seaintelligence.

The analyst firm writes that the average global freight rates are, despite increases in recent years, still far from the levels seen in the "good" years 2010-2012 or the "mediocre" years of 2013-2014.

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