As we approach the historical peak season in the Trans-Pacific Import trade, USPTI would offer the following comments related to current and anticipated trading conditions. Overall cargo volume is increasing at a rapid pace.
East Coast With the opening of the expanded Panama Canal, we anticipate the potential for larger ships to call East Coast ports and thus the rates will not be as volatile as West Coast rates. Therefore do not foresee any mid-term space shortage thereby limiting the carrier’s ability to secure substantial rate increase.
West Coast Rates and capacity remain volatile with the potential for mid-term volume to exceed capacity thus allowing rates to potentially increase consistent with supply and demand.
We greatly appreciate your support and request you give USPTI a much advance booking notice as possible (preferably two to three weeks prior to required sailing). Your advance booking notice will allow USPTI to evaluate available sailing and rate options (low to high) in an effort to provide you with quality on time transportation consistent with your delivery requirements.
Please contact your USPTI representative with any questions. Thank you for your business.