The rise of container freight rates to a five-year high has resulted in liner operators moving ships back into the trade from Asia to the US.

Rates from China to the US West Coast rose $187 to $2,776 per 40-foot equivalent unit (feu) in the week to 6 July.

That is nearly double the lows of early March and more than 61% higher than this time last year, according to the Freightos Baltic Index.