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Volatile air freight rates and market uncertainty

The air freight market is as volatile as ever. Some of the trends that are obscured include the buoyancy of semiconductor demand earlier on in the year combined with the collapse in health-care related cargoes. The movements in these sectors has been violent, both up and down. Yet it is still the US consumer that smooths everything out of the top-line trends.

US rail investment continues despite strike threat

The issue of strikes by rail workers continues, with the SMART union stating that it was setting a deadline of the 8th December for the rail companies to put forward an acceptable deal, otherwise it would call a strike for the 9th of December.

CH Robinson sees markets on the turn

Further confirmation from C.H. Robinson that freight markets – to quote the company’s CEO Bob Biesterfield – “are entering a time of slower economic growth where freight markets will continue to cool from their peaks and will operate more reliably and at more normalised rates, with fewer disruptions”.

Ocean Freight Sentiment Index points towards further rate falls

Sentiment Index. Ti’s Sentiment Index has fallen significantly throughout Q3-22 and now heads into the final quarter in negative territory. Out of 2,379 respondents in Q3, 1,009 expected some levels of rate decrease in the coming 3 months, just shy of the 1,066 who expected rates to rise. In July 54% of respondents expected some …