Small companies feel strongly impacted by carriers' poor service

Small and mid-sized companies have in particular fallen victim to the by now year-long upswing on the container market. "We're last in line," says association SMVdanmark to ShippingWatch. The latest figures on reliability show no improvements.

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While major customers in many cases are able to secure room on container vessels, either by "picking up the phone and calling the carriers" or by entering into long-term contracts, the picture is quite different for small and medium-sized companies.

A good example is the 18,000 member firms under Danish association SMVdanmark, which in the words of head of internationalization Jens Kvorning "in any event are last in line" because they don't have the same size and thereby negotiating power with shipping companies.

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