A former VP of Hanjin (currently with K&N) complains quite rightly about two time-wasters in the ocean shipping business– RFQs and bunker surcharges. They overcomplicate the process and add layers of obscurity to straightforward shipping deals. And they confuse customers.
I’ll bet the ocean carriers and shippers and brokers would be better off getting away from these practices.
He also mentions one of my favorite topics– container chassis. His view is that the problem is not going to go away anytime soon. I agree. People will continue to look for ways to eliminate the red tape and confusion they add to supply chain activity.
It’s a breath of fresh air to hear what this guy has to say. Dealing on a handshake is much simpler, but requires honor. It’s been the practice in the oil business for many years. Sure, there are bad guys, but they get ostracized.
Kim Link-Wills Friday, May 22, 2020