The International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA) and European Association for Forwarding, Transport, Logistics and Customs Services (CLECAT) have been deeply concerned about current capacity levels and service uncertainties.

Capacity for maritime shipments to Asia has decreased dramatically with repercussions on rates and service. Due to higher demand and capacity managed by carriers, shippers may have to wait for weeks to ship a container. CLECAT and FIATA have expressed their members' concern about this situation. The European and the Global associations of freight forwarders stress the importance of the availably of sufficient capacity to ensure the facilitation of world trade. Carriers must respect ongoing agreements and contracts, they said. FIATA and CLECAT said that they are open to discuss with the ocean carriers these current developments and the difficulties they are facing, but they cannot ignore their members' concerns with the level of service.

A number of shipping lines announced a Peak Season Recovery Surcharge (PRS) last week on cargo moving from Europe to the Far East. FIATA and CLECAT argue that they cannot silently absorb shipping lines now trying to apply the new PRS for shipments booked subject to tariffs and agreements valid at the time of booking.




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