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Rumours that Maersk will restrict some customers to spot bookings from 1 January could be “a big opportunity” for smaller forwarders to win business from their multinational competitors.

Sean Crook, director at Sydney-based forwarder Neolink, says Maersk and subsidiary Hamburg Süd have “definitely been pushing everyone to online bookings and/or FAK [freight all kinds] rates”.

“But I would say that is 95% of the market now,” he told The Loadstar.

“And while that might not be great for big exporters/importers 1,000 teu a year, customers of ours moving 300-500 have never had contract rates.

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