‘Gentle Arm Twisting’ by Carriers – Shipping Costs Spike

Posted by rakhi raghavan

The ocean carriers are 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.