German logistics company DB Schenker has reportedly moved 90% of its cargo away from Maersk in response to the Danish line’s freight forwarding ambitions.
Moreover, other leading forwarders are said to be following suit, claiming that Maersk’s strategy of being both carrier and booking agent is a clear conflict of interest.
A DB Schenker spokesperson confirmed to British supply chain portal The Loadstar that it had lost key account status with Maersk as long ago as May.
The company then moved “more than 90% of the freight volume loaded at Maersk, and shifted it to other shipping companies.
“The adjustment of our carrier portfolio was necessary to ensure optimal access to capacities and freight rates for our ocean freight customers, and to guarantee maximum network stability.”
It is understood that DB Schenker is not alone in moving the lion’s share of its business away from Maersk.
It was also reported that Maersk’s service expansion into freight forwarding would give it insight into the weekly allocations of competing lines.
An industry insider commenting on the issue said lines should not be allowed to be suppliers and also be in a position to make bookings.
“I can’t see other carriers liking it. It’s an aggressive strategy and, at some point, there will be no way back,” Loadstar director Alex Lennane wrote.
Freight News is awaiting comment from Maersk on this report.