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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.

China factories slowly climbing the value chain

Posted to Far East Maritime (by Greg Knowler) on June 8, 2011

It may seem we harp on about China’s changing manufacturing industry, but that's because of its direct impact on export ocean cargo and the import of raw materials. All the stuff we consume has to be made somewhere, and the mainland has pretty much cornered the manufacturing market.

New HK cruise terminal – a case of all berthed up and nowhere to spend

Posted to Far East Maritime (by Greg Knowler) on March 22, 2011

People who take long holidays on cruise ships are not backpackers or students. Anyone who has seen one of the giant liners disgorging thousands of passengers will have noticed that the average age is well on the other side of 50. The reason…

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.