Drewry: Complex logistics market strains shippers

Shippers the world over are facing an increasingly complex, and therefore stressful, logistics market. In particular, constantly shifting container alliances make the field difficult to navigate, notes analyst firm Drewry.

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The lives of shippers have changed dramatically in the past five years. Acquisitions, mergers and a growing number countries in play have made the logistics market yet more complex than before, and this could make shippers stressed, writes analyst firm Drewry in a new analysis.

On one hand, larger container carriers have intensified their acquisitions and formed new alliances which cut across existing collaborations and trade routes. Meanwhile, carriers are canceling sailing routes from one month to the next, shifting around container ships in a constant effort to get a grip on overcapacity in the sector and the historically-low rates.

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