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Dear Client,


We are facing a critical time in our industry that has not been experienced for years and it is making it very challenging in regards to the effect on all supply chains.


See the below information:


  • Equipment shortages in China are being experienced.  Carriers are doing all possible to replenish origins however the imbalance in trade is making this increasingly difficult and it is also very costly to send empties back to Asia.


  • Space is extremely short at this time from all China base ports.  The arbitrary origins ports are even worse due to the smaller feeder vessels so trucking from the feeder port to the mainline POL is required in many cases.


  • Rates are at an all-time high and continue to increase with premium rates being required in exchange for space.  Even with premium rates there is no guarantee of obtaining space on the requested vessels. 


  • The space situation is most critical at this writing to the USEC however the USWC is also problematic.


  • For cargo that is needed to the USEC and/or inland locations you may wish to consider discharge on the USWC and then  transloading into domestic trucks to move inland,  as needed,  to keep the cargo flowing.


  • We do not expect that this situation will improve in the short term and could last thru August based on all indications at this time.


In order to assist you with your imports it is critical that you confirm the bookings immediately when sent so we can work on gaining space as needed.  The space situation changes from day to day due to the overall volume of orders being requested so important to advise ASAP to assist us to gain the space on your behalf.


Thanks for your continue support and rest assured we are doing all possible to keep your cargo moving.



EC Capacity/Market Update

Dear Valued Customer;


The Trans -Pacific import market remains extremely strong with cargo volume exceeding vessel and container supply.


Although West Coast demand continues to exceed supply, the East Coast demand far exceeds the East Coast supply.

Blank sailings, terminal congestions coupled with the continuing increased demand will create  unprecedented international transportation supply shortages to the East Coast.


Currently we anticipate blank sailings from Ningbo to the EC during the month of April. We anticipate sailings from other China ports will also be impacted. Our core carriers are advising that EC capacity is  fully booked thru August whereas West Coast capacity is currently booked thru June.


We are aggressively pursuing any and all options to minimize the impact to your supply chain, however we anticipate rates to continue to escalate with space becoming the critical issue during at minimum the next 2-3 months.


Please insure you are providing your forecast and booking requirement as early as possible to USPTI.


Please contact your USPTI representative for any specific details

Market Update Feb 24,2021

Dear Valued Client,


We continue to see a very strong market thru the first quarter of 2021 and beyond.  Space, and equipment continue to be scarce due to strong demand up to and immediately after Chinese New Year.


It appeared  that there will not be a slow season and the strong consumer demand will continue into the second quarter 2021.  We request that book early and provide forecasts and projections that will assist us to obtain the space and equipment required to service your import requirements.


Vessel schedules and service integrity, with all carriers, continues to be a challenge. Terminal and berthing availability continues to be problematic at both origin and destination ports.  Weather has also had some effect on vessels crossing the Pacific Ocean and is currently impacting intermodal rail operations.


Freight costs will remain high in view of the space concerns, critical shortages of equipment and overall consumer demand.


Please contact your USPTI representative for detailed information or any specific questions


Thank you for your support and we look forward to a long term relationship of service.

Trans Pacific Market Update Dec 11, 2020

Dear Valued Client


The extremely strong  trading condition, with container volume exceeding available supply, is forecasted to remain strong through Chinese New Year.


Equipment shortage throughout Asia will continue to impact the ability to secure equipment necessary for booking.


Likewise we note many carriers are now focusing on “mother ports” and eliminating service from smaller/non-direct call ports. You may have to consider utilizing direct call ports to protect the integrity of your supply chain.


It is anticipated that ocean freight cost will continue to increase prior to and immediately after Chinese New Year. With the ongoing capacity issues numerous carriers are not in a position to accept any new business.


Thank you for your support.


Please contact your USPTI representative with any concerns

ONE Line Apus Update Incident Update and Market Impact Dec 9, 2020

Dear Valued USPTI Customers



ONE Line Apus Update Incident Update and Market Impact


ONE Apus is now confirmed to be safely berthed in the Port of Kobe after losing 1,816 containers overboard when it encountered severe weather on Monday, November 30, 2020.


A full safety inspection of the vessel and its remaining cargo will now take place with the assistance of local emergency services to ensure that there is no threat to people or the environment posed by the dislodged and damaged containers that remain on deck.


Once the vessel and cargo are declared safe, surveyors from the various stakeholders will make their initial assessments whilst stowage planners and stevedores formulate and implement a plan to ensure the safe removal of the remaining units. Then, a thorough evaluation will be made on the exact number and type of containers that have been lost or damaged and damage to the vessel.


USPTI anticipates the unloading of containers and vessel assessment to take several weeks. We are still awaiting an actual list of potential USPTI cargo damaged or impacted and will keep you updated on the progress as provide you with additional information as it becomes available.


USPTI is still evaluating the  impact to an already space constrained market and anticipates the incident will reduce overall available space for the foreseeable future as demand continues to outpace available container supply. Likewise we anticipate the incident will further erode equipment availability.


We will provide additional updated as more info become available.


Thank you for your support and we look forward to a long term relationship of service.


Should you have any questions or concerns please contact your USPTI representative.

USPTI – Client Update Dec 4, 2020

Dear Valued Client;


Thank you for your support during these difficult times.


The past six months have been challenging due to the uncertainties created by the CoVid 19 pandemic. Demand for container space has outpaced container capacity and has created unprecedented increases in ocean freight cost.


Historically peak season should be winding down but we anticipate volume to remain strong thru the first quarter of 2021. The China government will restrict the normal travel during the Chinese New Year celebration. Companies will stagger the travel of their employees over several week. We believe this stagged travel plan will slow production for several weeks before and after Chinese New Year. Albeit production make slow during this period one can anticipate space will still be at a premium. Furthermore, equipment shortages, port congestion and infrastructure stress (port capacity, chassis shortages and available inland carriage) will impact the supply chain.


Market  will prioritize lift based on contribution to profit and individual trade lane requirements. We anticipate trans-pacific rates to at minimum remain at current level or be subject to a premium on any a must ship cargo/PO  in the first quarter with carrier implementing peak season and equipment repositioning surcharges. One can envision that carrier will only accept cargo moving via market  rates plus additional  charge during the first quarter of 2021.


If you have pending PO we recommend you advance those PO’s for December shipment as we believe rates will be much higher in early 2021 than they are currently.


Our goal remains to offer quality reliable service at market rates. 2021 remains somewhat uncertain, as the pandemic surge may potentially impact retail sales and customer spending.


Please contact your USPTI representative with any questions, problems or concerns. 


Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to a long-term relationship of service.

USPTI Market Update

September 2017

The Trans-Pacific import market remains volatile. As carriers continue to attempt to artificially adjust supply and demand rates remain at competitive levels. Carriers continue to file rates increase but have had limited success in implementing the increases in their entirety. The consolidation of carriers (mergers and acquisitions) noted below continue to impact both the quantity of space available and overall service (port of call, etc.)

  1. COSCO acquires OOCL
  2. COSCO and China Shipping merge
  3. APL is acquired by CMA/CGM
  4. Hapag Lloyd and United Arab Shipping merge
  5. Hanjin files for bankruptcy
  6. NYK, MOL and K Line announce new joint venture combining the three companies liner operations

USPTI opines that the strong/peak season will be short lived. We anticipate potential volumes to decrease from early October. To date space has been tight from certain origins (Shanghai for example) but still available creating the need for carriers to maintain relative low rate for peak season. We anticipate rates to stabilize for a few months in the $1300 to $1350 range to the west coast and $2300 to $2400 to east coast.

USPTI continue to actively negotiate with our core carriers to insure that we can provide our customers with quality reliable service at market driven rates.

Please contact your USPTI representative for update rate quotes and resolution of any supply chain issues.

July 20, 2017

Over the past several months the landscape of international ocean carriers has changed dramatically. Mergers, acquisitions and bankruptcy combined with ocean carrier alliances restructurings have been at the fore front of international trading news. Most recently COSCO announced the acquisition of OOCL. A brief summary of carrier activities is as follows:

  1. COSCO acquires OOCL
  2. COSCO and China Shipping merge
  3. APL is acquired by CMA/CGM
  4. Hapag Lloyd and United Arab Shipping merge
  5. Hanjin files for bankruptcy
  6. NYK, MOL and K Line announce new joint venture combining the three companies liner operations

Market share of top 4 carriers ( Maersk Line, CMA/CGM/APL, Med Shipping and COSCO/China Shipping after takeover of OOCL) is approximately 54% of global capacity. The container shipping industry has “officially” become an oligopoly.

The fight for market share is going to continue, there is still a significant amount of new vessel supply that is coming into the market over the next two years. Vigorous competition among carriers will continue with carriers protecting and attempting to increase market share at the expense of profit. Carriers continue to sell based on price and therein continues the problem of lower rates that are not sustainable.

Carriers continue to file monthly rate increase and peak season surcharges. To date carriers have had limited success in implementing increase but one can anticipate that as we move into the historical peak season cost will increase consistent with trading conditions. USPTI will continue to work with our carrier base to insure our clients quality and reliable service at market driven rates.

The carrier industry is historically a supply and demand business whereas rates rise when cargo is readily available and decline when trading conditions are poor. The jury is still out on future trading conditions. Globalization, protectionism, politics and general economic conditions are all impacting the perception and forecasted volume in the Trans-Pacific import market.

Logistic Partners Guidelines

A logistics company partner is often required in order to effectively run all aspects of a business within the transportation industry. However, logistics companies must be organized and consistently improving in order to meet client needs. USPTI proposes the top three ways in which to enhance operations:

1. Communicate well. Both internal and external communication is vital to running any successful company. All departments must work together to deliver optimal results for clients. Be sure to stay in touch with clients on a daily or weekly basis to let them know how things are going. This also provides opportunity for you to address any questions or concerns.

2. Comply with mandates. Always stay educated on what is going on regarding the various regulations and expectations for the transportation industry. These rules may present challenges for you or your clients, so you must beware of every aspect of these mandates in order to come up with a solution.

3. Encourage feedback. Your company’s success relies exclusively on whether or not your clients are happy with your work. Always ask for feedback on each assignment in order to assure you are on the right track and performing your services to perfection. Receiving feedback also an excellent way to ensure you are promoting a positive work environment for strong work ethics and output

April 2017

Even before last October’s announcement that the three Japanese shipping companies would merge their container operations, and the December announcement that Maersk would acquire Hamburg Sud, 2016 was already the most transformational year in the 60 years of container shipping. COSCO and China Shipping merged. CMA CGM acquired APL, Hapag-Lloyd agreed to acquire UASC and Hanjin collapsed. That led to a massive restructuring of global vessel-sharing alliances that will take effect in just weeks. Meanwhile, with ocean carriers still struggling with overcapacity that most analysts say will remain at least for the next two years, if not longer, shippers are facing a new environment with many unknowns.

Trans-Pacific spot rates were more than two-and-a-half times the level in June and they’ve held fairly firm as carriers increase scrapping levels and idle ships. Throw in the new Trump administration and its protectionist rhetoric that appears to be turning into policy, and the trans-Pacific is in the midst of a sea change. Given all these moving parts, what is the pricing and demand outlook for 2017? How will the new alliance rollouts impact service? And how will the new administration’s policies impact US importers and exporters?

The implementation of the new alliances will create disruptions to service as carrier reposition vessels to corresponded to new sailing schedules, port rotations and terminals. The phase in will be longer than normal due to the shear scope and number of carriers in each alliance.

The political impact to trading conditions cannot yet be determined although the current administration policies seem to favor protectionism over free trade.

Once again 2017 will be a challenging year and USPTI is prepared to assisting and resolving any issues impacting your import program.

Thank you for your support and USPTI looks forward to a long term relationship of service.

Feb News !

Despite an apparent recovery in the container shipping industry as seen in higher spot rates and shipping company share prices, there remain parallel, divergent narratives as to how strong the market truly is.

Several observers, analysts and carriers are convinced the market is recovering off an extremely weak 2016; trans-Pacific spot rates are up more than 50 percent since early December.

The massive industry consolidation initiated in 2016, which will eliminate seven of the top 20 carriers, has led many to believe that carriers will have a better shot at higher rates this year after a disastrous 2016 when contract and spot rates hit record lows and carriers collectively lost billions.

“The latest read on key indicators such as freight rates, ordering activity, idle capacity management, scrapping, and charter rates suggest stable to improving trends, which bode well for sector earnings,” JP Morgan wrote in a Feb. 2 research note.

“I do feel that in 2016 we found the bottom,” Dave Arsenault, the former US president and CEO of Hyundai Merchant Marine and now a consultant stated recently. “Last year, you had overcapacity and completely crazy pricing.

This year, you will still have overcapacity, but pricing will be more realistic,” states Philip Damas, director of Drewry Supply Chain Advisors. He said that in trans-Pacific annual tenders with which Drewry is assisting beneficial cargo owners, “we’re seeing rate increases of 40 percent.

“If you were a BCO last year you were a hero because you secured huge reductions in your freight. This year it is going to be a lot harder to be a hero in your organization as a BCO,” Damas said.

But others remain skeptical, citing multiple mega-ship deliveries yet to occur and at least two years of overcapacity still likely remaining in the market, despite much higher levels of scrapping last year and returns of unneeded chartered tonnage to owners.

So obviously with this there will surely be some optimism on the part of the carriers. But the days of destructive rate competition are not over. One view is we are still in the midst of a major battle within the container shipping market.

The relative calm that we are seeing right now was really the result of the Hanjin bonus, because the removal of Hanjin really helped the rest of the market,” he said.

The fight for market share is going to continue, there is still a significant amount of new vessel supply that is coming into the market over the next two years seen to continue for too long.

Vigorous competition among carriers could therefore still be seen in the trans-Pacific this year at rates that have adequate returns when there is an uncertainty about what it is that they are really going to be selling.

Carriers are forced to sell based on price and therein continues the problem of lower rates that are not sustainable which can ultimately lead to further consolidation. Please notify to your vendors to place booking as early as possible. Thanks !

The Trans Pacific inbound market remains volatile.

During the months of October and November we saw not only increased demand for space but also increased rates. For December we anticipate rates to stabilize in the first half of the month consistent with current supply and demand. One should anticipate increased freight charges in the last half of the month as volumes surge prior to Chinese New Year.

Chinese New Year (Year of the Rooster/ Fire Chicken) will be celebrated on January 28, 2017. Factory closures will most likely begin around January 15 and full production not resumed until early February. One can anticipate a shortage of available container capacity in late December and early January and thus you should plan your import volume accordingly. Additionally many carriers will void sailing on or around Chinese New Year since factories are closed and volume will not be at normal levels.

Merger and acquisitions continue with ocean carrier industry. In addition to previously announce mergers and acquisitions ( China Shipping and COSCO, CGM/CMA and APL, Hapag Lloyd and USAC, MOL,K-Line and NYK, etc.) in was announced on December 1 that Maersk will purchase Hamburg Sud. The acquisition is consistent with Maersk announced strategy of growth by acquisition and will increase Maersk global capacity share from 15.7% to 18.6% or to an estimated global capacity of 3.8 million TEUs. Mergers and acquisitions coupled with changes in the various alliances will reduce the number of carrier options and services available to the international trading community in 2017.

USPTI will continue our efforts to insure we are fully prepared to handle your transportation requirements by maintaining relationships and contractual arrangement with various ocean carriers. Our goal is to provide you with quality reliable transportation services at market driven rates.

We look forward to a long term relationship of service.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact your USPTI representative