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Fluctuating freight rates in uncertain times

In times of corona employees work in home office (if possible), cinemas are closed and quarantine in some areas are the order of the day at the moment. When normality will return is still uncertain. Nevertheless, life goes on: The companies continue to operate as far as possible, but global supply chains have never been subjected to such a stress test as is currently being experienced by the Coronavirus COVID-19.


Freight forwarders can’t keep agreed freight rates

Due to this uncertain situation a peak season surcharge for ocean freight was introduced on March 1st. The amount of the surcharge varies depending on the carrier and applies to shipments to and from the Middle and Far East, Australia, New Zealand and the Indian subcontinent. Also other Modes of Transport such as Road and Air have fluctuate due to changing capacities.

This leads to the situation that agreed freight rates that have been put out to tender on a long-term basis can’t be adhered to by the forwarders.


Start your Spot Request with SHIPSTA and save a lot of time


If your carriers are not able to keep the agreed freight rates, it may be worthwhile to check with other carriers again and compare their rates. This is usually a time-consuming process, as many telephone calls must be made (see left side). With SHIPSTA you can start spot requests for all modes of transport digitally on one web-based platform (see right side). Instead of calling each carrier individually to ask for a price, you create a digital spot request on our platform which is automatically sent to your invited carriers. You can get easily the best possible price for your planned shipments, whether Ocean, Road or Air. Digital, transparent and efficient!




SHIPSTA was founded by Christian Wilhelm (CEO), Stefan Maratzki (CTO) and Oliver Ritzmann (CCO) in 2015. The innovative software company is headquartered in Luxembourg and has a branch in the Digital Logistics Hub in Hamburg. SHIPSTA has become one of the market leaders for eProcurement solutions in Germany. The eProcurement platform optimizes freight tenders by digitalizing and automating them. SHIPSTA’s clients include global companies from sectors such as food, high tech, pharma and automotive.


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