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 to ports being skipped, or the entire service blanked by the shipping line. The ports of Colombo (Sri Lanka) and Piraeus ... [+]

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 ... [+]

Wanted: quicker and slicker airfreight

Air cargo needs to prove its worth as a premium service, Global Shippers' Forum secretary general Chris Welsh told the International Air Transport Association (IATA) World Cargo Symposium in Berlin on 15 March. Speaking on ‘The Value of Air Cargo’, Chris Welsh said: “Against the backdrop of weak growth in international ... [+]

Global Shippers’ Forum has more questions about P3

The Global Shippers’ Forum (GSF) tabled a series of questions about the mooted P3 Global Alliance with US Federal Maritime Commission on 26 November. It came in response to a request for further public comment on the planned agreement between between Maersk Line, CMA-CGM and Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC). GSF secretary ... [+]

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