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Ocean shipping rates are expected to stay elevated well into 2022, setting up another year of booming profits for global cargo carriers — and leaving smaller companies, and their customers from Spain to Sri Lanka, paying more for just about everything.

The spot rate for a 40-foot container to the U.S. from Asia topped $20,000 last year, including surcharges and premiums — up from less than $2,000 a few years ago — and was recently hovering near $14,000.

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