Apparently I’m not the only one who thinks Maersk is staking out a monopoly position, discriminating against forwarders.
I think Maersk and others are in danger of killing off forwarders, and also customers. Larger customers will look at private transport. Small customers will mistrust Maersk’s platform, and evaluate its performance against the others out there, such as DP World’s. So it better work lots better than the others, not likely an advantage that can be sustained for long, nor for every type of customer. Many forwarders have end-to-end booking platforms.
I bet even large forwarders will start chartering ships if current price conditions for container shipments continue for long, like till Spring 2023.
And actually, I did not have to wait long. IN THE SAME LOADSTAR, on 10/22/2021, I found the second article.
By Nick Savvides 22/10/2021Maersk’s forwarder move could be abuse of its dominant position, says Clecat – The Loadstar
UK forwarder turns the tide on container lines with direct China-UK service – The Loadstar