New ConTex up again.....

(26.1.2018) The container market continues to develop in the way the new year started, with rising cargo volumes combined with a shortage of ships in most sizes and in most regions. The result is an improvement in rates accoss the board at a time such a trend would be least expected (even when the market was much higher than these days).

The New ConTex Index has gained a further 7 points on last week and now stands at 424. All the component rates were marked higher again, further evidence that the market recovery is uniform rather than patchy.

Another phenomenon is that each sector is experiencing fairly similar gains since last week, with rates being marked typically in the range of 0.7 to 2.2 percentage points higher. Once again the classical panamaxes (4250 TEUs) are recording the greatest improvement (2.2% basis 12 months and 1.9% basis 24 months). The smallest gains were seen in the 2700 TEUs (0.7% basis 12 months and 0.9% basis 24 months) but, even here, the improvements should be judged by the time of year.