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Food industry expresses regret for Maersk Line reefer rate hike

“This is an extra worrying development which could only contribute to increasing export costs and worsening our competitive position,” says Director of Trade and Market Relations at The Danish Agriculture and Food Council, Jan Laustsen, following the announcement of a marked price leap on reefer containers.

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Maersk Line’s announcement of a rate increase on reefer containers with 30 percent in total from January 1st 2013 onward made an impression on the billion-dollar partners of the food industry.

“It is a marked increase and not just a normal adjustment of the price and cost development. It is a significant rise and a pretty clear cost increase for the food industry in particular. During a time when many are experiencing difficult conditions on the markets, this is an extra worrying development which could only contribute to increasing export costs and worsening our competitive position,” says Director of Trade and Market Relations at The Danish Agriculture and Food Council, Jan Laustsen, to ShippingWatch.

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