September 21, 2020 – With bookings of U.S. imports from China currently up 89% year-over-year, ocean freight out of China is surging during the COVID-19 pandemic. The spike in volume from China is being caused by several factors, including increased shipments of personal protective equipment (PPE), as well as retailers gearing up for the holidays, Black Friday and Cyber Monday. This has also caused a spillover effect as shipments from China to Canada are also rising daily. We continue to advise our customers to be aware that rates continue to increase and space remains tight as we head into the 4th quarter.