Costco is another firm that has decided to figure out how to move its imports without help from the ocean shipping alliances. It is working with Pasha Hawaii to charter box ships. according to the article, Costco is now in a position to move 20% of imports using its own fleet.
That will give Costco a lot more freedom to choose routes and drop-off points. Perhaps they can choose landings where congestion is lower, or where they can get guaranteed times for drop-off.
It will be interesting to see what they do about containers. But it’s easy to buy containers made in China for the export trade. And it’s almost cheaper than returning the empties to China and the Far East.
Sam Chambers January 24, 2022Pasha Hawaii teams with Costco on chartering spree – Splash247