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'Forwarders should not pay surcharges on boxes that are not clean or need repair'

05 Apr, 2019

Fiata has recommended forwarders don't pay surcharges for containers that have not been cleaned or maintained, and that they charge shipping lines for any costs incurred as a result of poor quality boxes.

The fightback against container lines comes via a new "Best Practice" handbook, which argues that forwarders should apply more pressure on the lines, and ask for proof of maintenance when charged, rather than relying on "one-sided findings".

Container Shipping and the Quality of Containers notes that poor box quality leads to supply chain disruption and higher costs, but despite increasing surcharges for containers, "the quality of containers provided by shipping lines … has decreased significantly".

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