New Zealand alarmed by Maersk Line reefer jump

Reefer country New Zealand is “alarmed” by Maersk Line’s announced rate increase on reefer containers by as much as 30 percent, starting on January 1st 2013. Other shipowners will follow the lead.

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According to local media, exporters in New Zealand, a country that considers itself a reefer nation due to its massive export of food, are alarmed by the announced rate increases by Maersk Line, followed by others, on reefer containers by up to 30 percent from January 1st 2013. 

“These increases are not only massive, but the fact that the increases are the same for all shipping companies sailing from New Zealand is concerning,” says Catherine Beard, President of Export New Zealand. The increase means that exporters will have to pay USD 750 extra for a 20 foot container, and USD 1500 extra for a 40 foot container.

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