CMA CGM, the world’s third largest container operator, is now taking freight bookings on its Asia-Europe services through the independent freight agreement and booking platform AgreeFreight.
AgreeFreight managing director Nick Coverdale said: “We are delighted to bring CMA CGM on board. We see it as a ringing endorsement of our aim to make the booking process fast, simple and transparent.”
Established in July 2016 AgreeFreight is the first online portal to offer container freight rates live directly linked to a vessel’s sailing.
“With the collaboration with AgreeFreight, CMA CGM now offers its customers another option to book shipments on-line,” said Ludovic Rozan, CMA CGM’s Global Accounts Senior Manager for the Asian Office.
Mr Coverdale said: “Both carriers and shippers are increasingly looking to independent platforms such as ours to streamline their booking operations and inject efficiencies into the supply chain.
“Currently we are offering port-to-port rates but are fully prepared to roll out gate-in-to-gate-out rates as and when the market demands it, which will lead to our ultimate target of a Global Door to Door option by numerous modes of transport
“Having placed our footprint on the Asia-Europe trade we are keen to attract more carriers not only on that trade route but enter others. The transpacific market will be our first priority as it is littered with middlemen and tedious contracts, giving a fantastic opportunity for freight buyers to bypass this long and tiresome process” he added.
In addition to full container loads, AgreeFreight will be offering European customers direct access to Sea/Air services and is currently in discussions with a number of rail operators to cover central and northern China.