GCTL8.com (FocusAsia Media Ltd)

BEIJING, Oct 21 (FAM) – Outbound containers from Japan to China increased 2.4% from a year earlier to 876,550 tons in August, enjoying the first year-on-year improvement in six months, according a report released on Oct. 19 by the Japan Maritime Center (JMC).

On a value scale, on the other hand, they decreased 7.8% to \515.6 billion, suffering a year-on-year decline for the sixth consecutive month. Freight rates for shipments from Yokohama to Shanghai were US340 per TEU early this year, bottomed out in May and leveled off from a month earlier at $410 per TEU in August, according to the freight rate indices published by Drewry Shipping Consultants Ltd.