General Rate Increases to become useless

The effect of container carriers' general rate increases is disappearing, and as such, the carriers' preferred tool to keep rates up is about to become useless. The reason behind the need for rate increases must be eliminated, says Seaintelligence Consulting.

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Statistics state it clearly: Three years ago it would take close to a year from when container carriers agreed to increase the rates and a rate increase came into effect to the point when the rates had again declined by 50 percent. In early December 2015, this process took a week.

"This is clearly something that is unsustainable on the long term," says Lars Jensen, CEO of Seaintelligence Consulting.

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