The first round of carrier negotiations are in the books for my company and as usual carrier rates are all over the board. With all of my responses in, the average difference between the lowest offering and the highest is roughly $700 to $800 per 40′ out of China base ports to the US. Needless to say, those on the high end were quickly eliminated. In looking at the most competitive offers this year, it appears that my overall cost per 40′ container will dip slightly from last year’s rates even with the recent increase in BAF. I would be curious to know if your ocean rates increased, decreased, or remained constant. Drop us a line and let us know.