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Maersk’s forwarding and NVOCC customers are being targeted by competitor lines as the Danish carrier prepares to restrict their bookings to its online Maersk Spot platform next year.

Meanwhile, container spot rate indices, the bedrock for the Maersk platform, are bucking the usual slack season trend and holding steady at highly-elevated levels.

A UK-based NVOCC told The Loadstar this morning his Maersk rep had admitted he could no longer offer him a three-month deal from Asia to North Europe, and that he would now have to book online, via Maersk Spot, to cover any short-term space requirements.

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