Alphaliner: Major clients avoid rate increases

The rate paid on routes between Asia and the United States differs very much when comparing clients transporting cargo on spot rates to clients on long-term contracts according to the latest Alphaliner newsletter.

Photo: Maersk Line

Clients with container contracts pay a rate which is considerably lower than the one paid by spot market clients. So Alphaliner reports in its weekly newsletter.

“The evidence suggests that the PSS (Peak Season Surcharge Ed.) has been unevenly supplied, with the sport market bearing the brunt of the PSS, while the rate increase did not affect the contract rates for the large Beneficial Cargo Owners (BCO). As the spot market is dominated by the NVOCC (Non-Vessel Operating Common Carriers), this has created a two-tier freight market, with the NVOs currently paying between 600-$1,000 per feu more than the BCOs”, Alphaliner states.

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