HMM reports profit in 2020 as freight rates rise

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HMM reports profit in 2020 as freight rates rise

HMM vessel. [YONHAP]

HMM vessel. [YONHAP]

 
HMM swung to net profit last year on increased shipping price.  

 
HMM, Korea’s largest and the world’s eighth-largest shipper, reported 6.41 trillion won ($5.76 billion) in revenue in 2020, up 16 percent on year. It reported 124 billion won in net profit from 589.8 billion won in net loss from a year earlier. It swung to 981 billion won in operating profit from a 299.7-billion-won operating loss the previous year.  
 
The quantity loaded for container transportation declined 9 percent on year due to the Covid-19, but the increased freight charge for routes connecting Asia and America and Europe helped raise profitability.
 
Fourth quarter is usually an off-season for the container shipping business, but increased loads for Asia-America routes, and major promotions, like Black Friday, boosted the demand for shipping and drove up prices.
 
The average Shanghai Containerized Freight Index, a barometer of ocean freight rates, jumped 63.36 percent from 1,209 points in the third quarter to 1,975 points in the fourth quarter.  
 
HMM said uncertainty related to the U.S.-China conflict and Covid-19 is projected to continue, but it will try its best to improve profitability by securing more orders.
 
BY JIN MIN-JI   [jin.minji@joongang.co.kr]
 
 
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