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Maersk is back but…

[ April 24, 2012   //   ]

Maersk Line has resumed bookings from North Europe to Asia following the suspension introduced on 23 March due to a spate of cancelled vessels following Chinese New Year. However, the carrier has also announced a general rate increase of $300 per teu and is also levying a $300 per box surcharge on cargoes of waste from Europe. The carrier also announced that it was introducing ”super-slow-steaming’ on five Europe-Asia loops, prolonging voyage times by a further seven days.

April has proved a difficult month for seafreight shippers, with CMA CGM also announcing a booking standstill on its service from North Europe to the Mediterranean and Malta, along with the cancellation of several existing slot charter agreements on its vessels.

 

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