Car carrier charter rates have put the pedal to the metal this year, overtaking pre-financial crisis records to chalk up all-time highs, Clarksons says.

From a low of $10,000 per day in mid-2020, the guideline one-year charter rate for a 6,500-ceu pure car/truck carrier recently reached an all-time high of $55,000 per day.

By comparison, Clarksons said it took over six years for rates to climb from circa $20,000 per day to more than $50,000 per day in the 2002 to 2008 boom.