Shipping Container Industry, the Lifeblood of Global Trade Anticipates 25% Drop in Demand

Container ships docked at the Yangshan port in Shanghai. President Donald Trump says he will tariff everything coming in from China, starting in September. What will U.S. companies do? (AP Photo)ASSOCIATED PRESS
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COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) – The world´s biggest shipping company, Denmark´s A.P. Moller-Maersk, said Wednesday that it expects its transport volumes to drop by up to 25% in the second quarter as the world economy slides toward recession.

CEO Soeren Skou said that the group was “strongly positioned to weather the storm” but that the COVID-19 crisis had had “a significant impact” on its activities.

The group presented its first quarter results, which showed revenue edged down to $9.6 billion from $9.5 billion for the same period last year. It booked a profit of $209 million, up from a loss of $656 million.

In a statement, the group said its full-year outlook contained “high uncertainties,” and the global container demand “is expected to contract in 2020 due to COVID-19.” It previously was for growth of 1-3%.

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