According to Sea-Intelligence, as the market strengthened after the initial COVID hit, small carriers started to deploy capacity, especially on the Transpacific trade, while major carriers started to introduce services outside of the alliance networks.
he idea was to take advantage of the opportunity provided by the very high freight rate environment. The addition of these non-alliance services meant that at the peak of the market, their market share had essentially doubled.
But as the freight rates began to drop in 2022, the share of non-alliance services also began to decline, and looking into 2023-Q1, they are poised to continue to decline.
There is still more relative capacity operated by non-alliance services than before the pandemic, but if the rate of decline continues, this will revert back to pre-Covid levels before the end of 2023.
On Asia-North America East Coast, there was a similar trend of increasing non-alliance capacity as the market initially strengthened.
However, even though there is a distinct decline coming into 2023, there is no sign presently that we are about to go back to pre-pandemic levels.
On the Asia-Europe trades, the non-alliance capacity has increased, but not materially, with no ability to handle material volumes as the figure is around 2%-5%.
However, on Asia-Mediterranean, there are no signs of non-alliance services reducing their market share in 2023-Q1.