Maersk sees weaker demand for transport

Maersk, the world’s second-largest container transport agency, stated Friday it expects transport volumes to fall this 12 months as firms proceed to cut back inventories.

The Danish agency had beforehand anticipated transport volumes to be flat or dip barely this 12 months, however now sees them down one to 4 %.

“The stock correction noticed since (the fourth quarter of) 2022 seems to be extended and is now anticipated to final by 12 months finish,” it stated, including it anticipated its volumes to evolve in keeping with the market.

It stated market demand would doubtless stay subdued so long as firms cut back their inventories.

Within the second quarter Maersk’s container ship division noticed its income halved from the identical interval final 12 months — when firms have been making an attempt to inventory as much as meet pent-up demand following the tip of pandemic lockdowns in most international locations — to $8.7 billion.

The drop was “pushed by a lower in freight charges and loaded volumes”, it stated.

Total revenues fell 40 % to $12.9 billion, in keeping with analyst expectations.

Sturdy demand noticed freight charges swell, however these have since fallen again to regular ranges.

Internet income fell by 83 % to $1.45 billion, however have been a lot better than the $686 million analysts anticipated, which the corporate put right down to measures to cut back prices.

“Value focus will proceed to play a central position in coping with a subdued market outlook that we anticipate to proceed till finish 12 months,” stated chief government Vincent Clerc.

Final 12 months the agency posted an enormous revenue of $29.19 billion due to robust demand and excessive charges, however had already warned 2023 would see a return to a extra regular efficiency.

Maersk shares sank 4.3 % in afternoon buying and selling on the Copenhagen inventory alternate.

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