Carriers vs forwarders; Cargo Theft & Cultural Wars; Asia-Europe at full stretch

February 02, 2022 00:51:31
Carriers vs forwarders; Cargo Theft & Cultural Wars; Asia-Europe at full stretch
The Loadstar Podcast
Carriers vs forwarders; Cargo Theft & Cultural Wars; Asia-Europe at full stretch

Show Notes

Credits: Created, Produced and Hosted by Mike King

This jam-packed episode examines why container lines are getting increasingly picky about who they deem worthy of their servicesm 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, Managing Director of TAC INDEX.

Hans-Henrik Nielsen, Global Development Director at CargoGulf

Stefan Verberckmoes, Shipping Analyst & Editor North Europe at Alphaliner

Mike Yarwood, TT Club’s Managing Director, Loss Prevention

Gavin van Marle, Managing Editor of The Loadstar


EP2 2022 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 & 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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