Drewry: Specialized reefer fights back against container giants

Specialized reefer operators are experiencing increased competition from container liner carriers, though the reefer operators have not been defeated. They will have to reinvent themselves in order to protect their business, says Drewry.

The major container carriers' move into the territory of the specialized reefer operators represents a clear-cut challenge for the specialized carriers. But this development does not necessarily mean that the reefer operators will not be able to survive, and several of the smaller carriers who publish their results have managed to achieve profits, says Drewry in an analysis of the reefer market.

"To protect their future viability, specialised reefer companies must now reinvent themselves to protect their undoubted expertise in this field," says Drewry.

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