A less than convincing performance in the Asia to Mediterranean headhaul market and a sharp fall in Turkish imports have dulled westbound growth prospects.
After a flat second quarter, westbound Asia to Mediterranean volumes in the period July-September rose by 3.4%, and returns for October yielded a growth rate of 5.6%, according to data from CTS.
The year-to-date rise in headhaul demand was by the end of October reading 3.5% – a more convincing performance than the anaemic 1.2% recorded for the North Europe trade.
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