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Ocean Freight Comments - 12 April 2024 By Matt Herrington Ample vessel availability and weak cargo demand meant that dry-bulk freight markets struggled again this week with rates softening across the board. Weak coal demand, particularly from China, remains the primary culprit of weaker markets, which are falling despite increased iron ore and South American grain cargo demand. Vessel owners expect stronger cargo demand in May, which is pushing them to look for shorter voyages in the near-term to keep ships available for the potential May-June demand surge.   The Baltic indices saw a late-week rally develop on Wednesday and Thursday that shook the market free from its earlier doldrums. The Panamax sector saw the largest gains a...

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Facing increasing pressure to quantify the value of export promotion efforts to investors, a U.S. industry organization retained WPI to develop a quantitative model that better communicated the importance of exports. The resulting model concluded that value-added meat exports contributed $0.45 cents per bushel to the price of corn, increasing support for that sector’s financial support of WPI’s client. In addition to serving the red meat industry with this type of analysis, WPI has generated similar deliverables for the U.S. soybean and poultry/egg industries.

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