Are ocean spot rates past their peak?

2023 was a challenging year for ocean carriers, especially those that have spot exposure. They have seen significant slashes to revenue and profitability. 

Zim Integrated Shipping (NYSE: ZIM), a carrier with more spot exposure than some of the other large ocean carriers, saw a 61% year-over-year reduction in third-quarter revenue, and earnings before interest and taxes fell by $1.77 billion to a loss of $213 million. The Freightos Baltic Daily Index from China to the North American west coast...

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