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[$$] A Storm Is Gathering Over Container Shipping

It used to be that you could measure confidence in the container-shipping industry by the ever-increasing scale of the carriers’ vessels and the size of their ship orders. From slowing global trade to rising fuel prices to capacity increasingly out of step with demand, container-shipping operators are facing new challenges over the next two years, hurting prospects for a recovery after nearly a decade of moving in fits and starts toward stability. Shipments of boxes stuffed with clothing, electronics, manufacturing parts and a broad range of consumer goods across the oceans are the backbone of global trade.