More ‘Gentle Arm Twisting’ by Carriers, as Shipping Costs Continue to Spike

The Loadstar saw further evidence last week of ocean carriers “requesting” the use of their own trucking and customs brokerage services, as part of spot market offers for exports from China.

A UK-based NVOCC received a rate offer for shipment on July 27 from Yantian to Felixstowe at a rate of $15,700 for a 40ft HC. Given that it was for “prompt shipment” and was a “good rate” in today’s overheated market, the forwarder asked for clarification. The catch: The contract also requests that the forwarder use the carrier’s nominated trucking service and customs broker.

Another forwarder contact told The Loadstar ocean carriers were “adding more and more conditions” to short-term rate offers. “They know we are in a bind and are just kicking us when we are down with these outrageous additional charges and conditions,” he fumed.

Read more in an article from The Loadstar.

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