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Asian container rates soar as bunkered shoppers furnish homes

Consumers snap up furniture, appliances and toys to weather pandemic lockdowns

Demand for container shipping from Asia to Western markets has shown no sign of slowing after the year-end shopping season.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- The COVID-19 pandemic has sparked record costs for transporting goods from Asia by containership as consumers worldwide flock to products that support their new stay-at-home lifestyles.

Shipping volumes have surged for items such as furniture, appliances and toys.

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