GCTL8.com (FocusAsia Media Ltd)
LONDON, Mar 21(FAM) – Volume shippers seeking ocean freight capacity on the Asia to North Europe trade’s main corridors are set to benefit from the best transit times, most competition and cheapest rates because that is where the new container shipping alliance structure is focused.
However, the reverse will be true for shippers seeking capacity on niche trades, where cargo owners face downgraded services, reports container shipping analyst Drewry in today’s Container Insight Weekly bulletin.
After analyzing the service structure of the new alliances launching on 1 April, it said these were “skewed in favour of the main corridors in the Asia to North Europe trade, which makes perfect sense for carriers seeking the big volume business. Shippers along these routes will get the best transit times, most competition and cheapest rates; the reverse will be true for niche shippers.”