Freight data and wishful thinking

West Basin Container Terminal accounted for 17% of the Port of Los Angeles cargo in fiscal year 2018-19. (Image: Port of Los Angeles)

Woe to the analyst of freight markets who departs the kingdom of volume, capacity, and rates for the fairyland of hopes and dreams.

A blog post this week by DAT calls for an imminent rebound in trucking spot rates. Meanwhile, the average trucking carrier stock is down 15% in the past four days.

Despite an unprecedented number of blank sailings on the trade lanes connecting the world’s largest economies — which still have not kept pace with crashing volumes — DAT believes that freight brokers will pay carriers more. Container rates from China to the West Coast are down 19% since their mid-January high and will fall further.

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