Tight capacity – export ocean freight

March, 14 2017

At this point, the ocean freight export market is seriously challenged by the tight capacity for containers from Europe to Far East, Middle East and India / Pakistan.

This situation will continue through March and April. USA seems to be the next area with the same tendency.

  • A number of carriers offer limited space subject to a premium, but even this scenario is getting more and more difficult to navigate in. A few carriers have announced a full stop for bookings, and we are in ongoing discussion with our partners to maintain our services at the highest possible level.
  • GEODIS has assessed our core carriers as well as others, and the picture is similar for all, as the demand for capacity increases dynamically. We definitely see an ongoing upward trend in rates, which will continue with no capacity solution on the short term.
  • We kindly inform you of a necessary pre-booking notice of 6 weeks. We will do our very best to help our customers in this unfortunate situation, please call your contact person or our ocean freight team at GEODIS as soon as possible ahead of the actual booking.

The RAIL alternative
We recommend that you discuss the scenario for switching bookings to RAIL freight with us. This is a valuable alternative to ocean freight, with lead times between 24-28 days and available with a fixed service schedule. Even airfreight may be considered, please call us and we will serve you with an innovative offer.

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