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China looks inwards as export demand remains weak

Posted to Far East Maritime (by Greg Knowler) on October 25, 2012

China became known as the world’s factory by offering manufacturing costs that could not be matched by the developed nations. Its wages paid to uneducated rural migrant labour were a fraction of the mostly unionized pay required in the West, and land for factories was plentiful and cheap.

When is a Hong Kong manufacturer not a Hong Kong manufacturer?

Posted to Far East Maritime (by Greg Knowler) on October 4, 2011

The Hong Kong Toys Manufacturers Association was this week complaining that falling orders from the European Union and the US will leave factory owners facing a bleak Christmas. The expectation is that toy exports will be down about 25 percent this year…

Will the Korea who blew up that warship please report to the principal’s office

Posted to Far East Maritime (by Greg Knowler) on April 27, 2010

South Korea’s government believes it was a torpedo that blew up and sank its warship near the border with North Korea last month. The 1,200-tonne Cheonan was blown in two on March 26 by an “external explosion”, according to an investigation…

Aren’t you glad not to be in Asia-Europe air freight

Posted to Far East Maritime (by Greg Knowler) on April 21, 2010

But could something happen that would shut down most of the ports in continental USA? The answer is yes, but the cause will be no natural disaster. Hurricane Katrina closed New Orleans and many of the Gulf ports and those on the eastern seaboard are regularly threatened by hurricanes.

Trumpeting year-on-year growth an annoying practice this time around

Posted to Far East Maritime (by Greg Knowler) on February 23, 2010

Ports and terminal operators across China are showing some impressive year-on-year container throughput growth for January. The problem is that in January last year the container throughput arrow at the ports in question was heading in the same direction as a downhill skier in Vancouver…