The Lloyd's List Podcast: Behind the data — painting a picture of box trade flows
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On our podcast this week, senior reporter and editor of the Lloyd's List magazine Linton Nightingale is joined by the chair of our editorial board Janet Porter and Container Trades Statistics chief executive Peter Webber. The trio chew the fat over the history of CTS and how it came to be, while analysing the latest container trade volume data which points to an unlikely peak season as the industry recovers from the initial impact of Covid-19
BORN out of the break-up of container shipping’s Liner Conference System, a collective rate-setting system with roots dating back to the late 19th century that was outlawed in Europe in 2008, CTS is the only provider of official teu volume data on the world’s major trade lanes.
Providing a brief overview of how this milestone moment led to the creation of CTS, chief executive Peter Webber explains to Lloyd’s List’s senior reporter and magazine editor Linton Nightingale, who is also joined by chair of the Lloyd’s List editorial board Janet Porter, how the data can be used to paint a picture of global trade movements.
The trio discuss how latest figures point to an ongoing recovery in global containerised trade following a Covid-induced slump at the start of 2020, while also highlighting other trends stemming from the data including signs of the much-mooted supply chain shift taking place across Asia.