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This jam-packed episode examines why container lines are getting increasingly picky about who they deem worthy of their services and why the implications for forwarders are far-reaching.

We turn our gaze on cargo thefts and why they are being dragged into the cultural wars, and we consider if container lines will continue to buy airlines.

We also look in more detail at what is happening on the Asia-Europe trade; we examine how liner network reorganisations are impacting less-lucrative trades and we hear the latest on air and shipping freight rates.


  • Emma Rowlands, strategic sales director for Hong Kong-headquartered Kerry Logistics
  • Peyton Burnett, MD of TAC Index.
  • Hans-Henrik Nielsen, global development director at CargoGulf
  • Stefan Verberckmoes, shipping analyst & editor North Europe at Alphaliner
  • Mike Yarwood, TT Club MD, loss prevention
  • Gavin van Marle, managing editor of The Loadstar

Episode in more detail

  • Are Maersk and other carriers snubbing forwarders? And does the market really want all-in services from lines given historical customer service performance? (2.30-11.00)
  • The latest shipping rates (11.00)
  • Air cargo rates go awry (13.00)
  • More carrier investments in air cargo as MSC makes its move? (17.10)
  • Asia-Europe forwarding focus – why shipping early makes sense (19.45)
  • Trucking long-haul: transit times from China to Europe (23.40)
  • Why stratospheric freight rates on the east-west trades are sucking capacity out of less-lucrative lanes (27.15)
  • How the Middle East is coping with liner network recalibrations (34.20)
  • Cargo thefts and culture wars (42.00)
  • Cargo security and how to improve it (44.25)
  • Nusrat Ghani MP: a former UK transport minister who deserved better (49.40)

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Air freight rates data provided by TAC Index – helping clients make the best air freight decisions

Sea freight rates data provided by Xeneta – the shipping industry’s most accurate source of container rates

Credits: created, produced and hosted by Mike King

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