Container lines began upping their deployment of transpacific capacity, 22 per cent more capacity available to the west coast through December than what was available in March through July.
Carriers are also adding 14.4 per cent more capacity to the east coast through year-end.
US imports from Asia increased 32.4 per cent in the first seven months of the year over the same period last year, and 21.7 per cent from pre-Covid crisis 2019.
Transpacific carriers in March through July deployed 1.37 million TEU of capacity each month to the west coast.
Actual TEU carried averaged one million TEU per month. Carriers deployed an average of 661,268 TEU of capacity per month to the east coast.
'Within the coming months, carriers are aiming at what can at best be described as a capacity explosion on the transpacific trade - good for a booming market, but it could lead to even worse congestion,' said Sea-Intelligence maritime analyst Alan Murphy.