A Shipping Update

Since I posted a while back on the shipping reports some stuff has come in, not good unfortunately.

https://theartsmechanical.wordpress.com/2016/01/13/so-whats-happening-in-the-shipping-reports/

I wanted to do an update as I find more stuff.  The fact is that while I don’t have the subscriptions to look under the paywalls that some of the important indexes are under, the overall outlook is pretty sour with year to year declines being significant.  Anyway here’s more.

First Brickmuppet Ken has an update with links.

http://brickmuppet.mee.nu/more_intriguing_news_from_the_world_of_shipping_

 

One of which was this piece from Bloomberg.  When Bloomberg uses words like “toast” I have feeling that things are not looking good.

http://www.bloombergview.com/articles/2016-01-28/shipping-news-says-world-economy-is-toast

 

A professional mariner has some input here.

http://bigironbegfish.blogspot.com/2016/01/shipping-slowdown-my-2-cents-part-1.html

 

Another report from zero hedge.

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-02-02/retail-apocalypse-2016-brings-empty-shelves-and-store-closings-all-across-America

And.

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-02-03/its-probably-nothing-january-truck-orders-collapse-48

 

Deep freight recession hits.

Deep “Freight Recession” Hits Railroads, Trucking, Air Freight

Stores are closing and the ones that are still open are drawing down stock.

http://endoftheamericandream.com/archives/retail-apocalypse-2016-brings-empty-shelves-and-store-closings-all-across-America

This tallies with the slowdown in shipping over the last few months as the orders to stock shelves today were made about six months ago. “Toast” is a pretty good description of what’s happening.

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