European Shippers’ Council members report that many shippers who regularly export goods to Asia have been facing a large drop of available slots for containers on almost every shipping line.
The main reason given by carriers of the two new alliances is the reshuffling of their organization and the repositioning of their ships to start their new services next month. M2 alliance has stopped accepting freight from customers of competitors turning to them because of the shortage of capacity encountered.
Shippers are confronted with heavily damaging situations, ranging from breeching of contractual commitments by some liners to impossibility to get boarding slots before May. Either this results in a very fluctuating freight rates situation, with instant hikes up to 45% to firm up a booking. Or this translates into missed sales, stock failure, significant extra costs as some exporters are trying to circumvent these obstacles by using other modes.
The Shippers’ Advisory Committee of TIACA (The International Air Cargo Association) has finally published its White paper to voice the concerns and needs of the shippers in air cargo. Change is needed, and all sectors of the air cargo supply chain must work together to drive adoption of new technology and a greater transparency according to the Shippers’ Advisory Committee. The European Shippers’ Council (ESC), a Board member of TIACA, has fully endorsed the work of the Shippers’ Advisory Committee and is pleased that the voice of the Shipper is heard and is taken seriously by the entire air cargo supply chain.
A Dutch Court has decided that taking a long weekend rest in the cabin by a driver is not in line with the law. The Advocate General of the European Court of Justice wrote his conclusions in the same direction a couple of weeks ago. In most cases, the European Court of Justice follows the Advocate General’s position.
What can be the consequences?