The London headquartered Baltic Exchange will be contributing to China’s Maritime Silk Road project through close collaboration with the Ningbo Shipping Exchange. The first step of this collaboration will see container freight rates from Ningbo to Europe and the Middle East provided by the Ningbo Shipping Exchange freely available on the Baltic Exchange’s website from today (23 October 2015). The move is part of a drive by the Baltic Exchange, the leading provider of independent bulk shipping benchmarks, to promote its services for the Chinese market.
The weekly Ningbo Containerised Freight Index covers the movement of 20 ft, 40 ft and High Cube containers. The index is a composite of the three box types and covers Ningbo to East Mediterranean (Piraeus & Istanbul), West Mediterranean (Barcelona, Valencia, Genoa), Europe (Hamburg & Rotterdam) and the Middle East (Dammam & Dubai). It is based on transactional data from business conducted by a panel of 11 Ningbo based freight forwarders on Ningbo Exchange’s e-trading platform and factors in various surcharges including bunkers, port congestion, peak season and Suez Canal fees.
Welcoming the additional service, Baltic Exchange Chief Executive Jeremy Penn said:
“The publication of the Ningbo Containerised Freight Index on our site underlines our ever-closer ties with the Chinese market. Handling over 20m TEU per year and servicing 228 different destinations, Ningbo is one of the world’s leading container ports. The Chinese government’s Maritime Silk Road project is not only about major port investments but also about closer collaboration with international partners. The Baltic Exchange has its own set of highly regarded independent indices that focus on the dry and wet bulk trades. Collaboration with organisations such as the Ningbo Shipping Exchange helps to raise the profile of our products in China.”
Dong Shanhua, Ningbo Shipping Exchange General Manager said:
“The port of Ningbo-Zhoushan has the largest cargo throughput in the world, and has sustained high growth rates over the past 10 years, accompanied by the high growth of international and national trade in the East China. We commenced the research of a container index from the establishment of Ningbo Shipping Exchange in 2011 and first released Ningbo Containerised Freight Index in September 2013. We hope we can extend presence of our products in the global market through the collaboration with Baltic Exchange.”
The Ningbo Containerised Freight Index is based on returns provided by:
CCL LOGISTICS Co., Ltd
Headwin Logistics Co., Ltd.
Ningbo E-Union Group of China
Zhejiang Xinggang International Freight Co., Ltd.
Perfectever Logistics (Ningbo) Co., Ltd
Ningbo Jet Express International Freight Forwarding Co., Ltd.
Dashing International Logistics
De Well Group
Whale Logistics Co., Ltd.
Sinotrans Ningbo Logistics Co., Ltd.
The index is available at www.balticexchange.com/market-
Surcharges included in the total ocean freight reported by the index:
Bunker Adjustment Factor/ Fuel Adjustment Factor/ Low Sulphur Surcharge
Emergency Bunker Surcharge/ Emergency Bunker Additional
Currency Adjustment Factor/ Yen Applica Surcharge
Peak Season Surcharge
War Risk Surcharge
Port Congestion Surcharge
Suez Canal Transit Fee/Surcharge/ Suez Canal Fee/ Panama Canal Surcharge/ Panama Canal Charge
Surcharges not included in the total ocean freight reported by the index:
Terminal Operation Fee
Origin Received Charges
Inland Point Intermodal
About the Ningbo Shipping Exchange
Ningbo Shipping Exchange Co. Ltd is a state-owned enterprise, sponsored by Ningbo municipal government, Jiangdong District, Bonded Zone and Daxie Development Zone, founded on 14 November 2011.
It provides a Ship Exchange Market, Shipping Service HR Market, Shipping Space Exchange Market, Ship Chartering Market for Liquids, and Shipping Finance Service Market. It also provides services in consulting, shipping finance and insurance, government policy and industry development research.
About the Baltic Exchange
The Baltic Exchange is the world’s only independent source of maritime market information for the trading and settlement of physical and derivative contracts. Its international community of over 640 members encompasses the majority of world shipping interests and commits to a code of business conduct overseen by the Baltic.
Baltic Exchange members are responsible for a large proportion of all dry cargo and tanker fixtures as well as the sale and purchase of merchant vessels.
Baltic Exchange services
• Independent, high quality dry, wet and gas freight market information
• Self-regulated chartering, sale and purchase and freight derivatives markets
• Central forum for competing freight market interests
• Framework ensuring high standards of business practice and co-operation
• London-based business facilities for members