According to SeaIntel, a leading market intelligence provider in the container shipping industry, the South America-North Europe trade link has been performing quite well over the past few years; despite some problems in early 2014.
The well-traveled trade routes from South America to the United States' East coast, have seen a massive increase in reefer capacity in 2014. For the most part, performance has remained very good, with providers have been able to continue to maintain the highest standards.
South American exports to North America have increased by 10% in the first half of 2014, while South America-Europe trade is stagnating.- Maritime Seabury Group
At the moment, 65 percent of all ocean reefer trade is currently moving by containers. Many analysts believe that this figure is expected to continue to increase, with North America and Asia Pacific being the most containerised.
Long distance trade routes, such as South America to North East Asia, West Europe to North East Asia or South America to Russia and the Persian Gulf, are growing very rapidly and offer real opportunities in the reefer business.- Maritime Seabury Group