Box rates droop as commodity shippers switch to bulk

Global trade in containerisable goods continued the decline observed at the end of Quarter 2 during the third quarter of 2022, but the drop in overall volumes was much less than that reported by the container shipping sector, said the latest issue of the Container Shipping Market Review published by the Global Shippers Forum (GSF) and consultants MDS Transmodal. It attributed this to commodities such as coffee, scrap metal and plywood ... [+]

Check your box for bugs, urges Global Shippers Forum

The Global Shippers Forum (GSF) will urge shippers to checking seafreight containers for unwanted insect hitchhikers at a UK Government conference on 19-20 September. A group of trade bodies, shipping industry representatives and national plant protection and bio-security agencies will meet at the International Workshop on Reducing the Introduction of Pests ... [+]

Liner collusion – it’s worse than you think, says Global Shippers Forum – updated

Current measures to create competition in liner shipping fail to take full account of the degree of co-operation between carriers according to the latest Container Shipping Market Quarterly Review by MDS Transmodal and the Global Shippers Forum (GSF).  The report suggests that a modified measure is used that better reflects the ... [+]

Ports lose third of container capacity during 2021

Research by MDS Transmodal (MDST), commissioned by Global Shippers Forum (GSF), has found that global ports lost over a third of their expected container capacity during 2021. It led to delays and disruption for shippers and harmed the economies of some smaller developing nations, said the report. Capacity was lost either due ... [+]

Shippers grapple with Christmas congestion – but will it last?

Shippers across the globe might have to battle the effects of supply chain congestion and record high ocean freight rates for some time to come, warns the Global Shippers Forum. It says that the wave of congestion that is sweeping through global supply chains and record shipping rates are not set ... [+]

Brussels must take a closer interest in liner sector says shippers’ group

The Global Shippers Forum has called on the European Commission to take a closer interest in the container shipping market as it recovers from Covid and the industry enters the second year of its Block Exemption from normal competition rules. On March 23, 2020 the Commission announced its intention to renew ... [+]

New report keeps track of soaring freight rates

Importers and exporters around the world are experiencing rising container shipping rates on most routes, despite the fall in fuel and other  vessel operating costs and better utilisation of capacity, says the Global Shippers Forum (GSF) in its latest report. Available capacity continues to lag growth in demand as global ... [+]

GSF calls for rethink on shipping consortium criteria

The Global Shippers’ Forum (GSF) has called on the European Commission to change its criteria for allowing shipping line consortia. The EU Consortia Block Exemption Regulation (CBER), which allows shipping lines to exchange information and to co-operate, is due to expire in April and the Commission is currently assessing responses to ... [+]

GSF offers tips to avoid sulphur shipping surcharges

The Global Shippers Forum (GSF) has issued advice for importers and exporters facing demands for surcharges from lines seeking to cover the cost of the new global sulphur shipping limitswhich came into force on 1 January. GSF’s Top Ten Tips for Sulphur-Surcharged Shippers include: -Don’t lock in an early rate or consolidate ... [+]

Shippers argue for European rules for all

New EU pricing rules for shippers that come into force in December should be adopted globally to increase price transparency and prevent uncompetitive behaviour, the Global Shippers’ Forum head of policy Alex Veitch told a conference in Asia in mid-September. The new legislation comes into force on 7 December following a ... [+]

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