Sea freight trends and challenges: A postpandemic outlook

Globalia member in Porto Alegre, Brazil, explains to us the tendencies and challenges of the sea freight industry and how they are dealing with them

The last one and half years have been a rather tumultuous one for the international sea freight shipping industry. The lockdown and the pandemic-related restrictions had severe repercussions on international trade. Moreover, the container shipping industry is also having to contend with the problems of port congestion and container shortage. In spite of all the challenges, the sea freight forwarders are continuing to move goods across the world offering logistical solutions to keep international trade afloat during these difficult times.

Instability of ocean freight rates

It can be said without a doubt that the container crisis has led to the soaring sea freight rates. Added to this, other issues like limited air freight capacity, overuse of split shipments, changes in shopping trends, and the shortage of equipment also hiked up the shipping costs. As stated by Mr. Fernando Meyrer from the Shipping Department of Clemar Logistics, Globalia member in Porto Alegre, “The values of the freights have increased a lot, and it impacts the entire Brazilian market. If we talk about imports, the rising freight rates also affect the duties and taxes. This means that, besides the international freight, the importers also pay more duties and taxes here in Brazil.”

To cope with this situation Clemar Logistics has been focusing on advance planning of their shipments. “As a company with over 20 years of experience in sea freight shipping, we fully understand how planning can help us serve the interests of our clients. We have a very close relationship with our clients. We make sure to treat our customers’ shipments with priority. For this reason, we plan the shipments beforehand and manage to avoid the delays and surcharges,” adds Mr. Meyrer.

The problem of container shortage

The global container shortage is yet another constant trend in the sea freight shipping industry since 2020. Additionally, the congestion in several ports around the world has resulted in backlogs, delays, and blank sailings. This in turn has further complicated the container shortage problem. Several ports are still trying to deal with the backlog of containers and the situation isn’t likely to improve till the end of this year. Presently, container manufacturers are racing to produce sufficient supplies of boxes to cope with the demand for containers.

Mr. Meyrer explains that “It’s very hard to find containers and all vessels are overbooked. For export cargoes, basically, you have to keep in mind that you will only get a booking for a shipment with a date of departure approximately one month after the request. This is probably one of the most difficult aspects of my job. However, we are managing to cope with this problem by informing our clients about all the steps while optimizing time and resources. Our team works constantly and coordinates with all the parties to successfully execute our customers’ projects.”

Seafreight trends and challenges for independent freight forwarders
Trends in the sea freight shipping industry

Increased dependence on technology

Instead of relying on paperwork, the sea freight industry is now embracing digitization. The Covid-19 induced complications have pushed the ocean freight forwarders to make use of new online platforms. More and more companies in this sector are now increasingly dependent on a host of software that helps with freight booking, quotation generation, spot booking, shipment tracking, and more. All the multinationals like Maersk, CMA CGM, Hapag Lloyd, etc are using artificial intelligence to better serve their customers.

Small companies are also using AI-based platforms to keep up with the competition and make more informed decisions in this volatile situation. Clemar Logistics for example has digitized its manual processes to automate their processes and minimize human errors. “The most important benefit of digitization in this sector is that it is allowing us to offer more flexible services for our clients,” says Mr. Meyrer.

A rise in the use of cargo insurance

Having cargo insurance greatly helps to cover all sorts of risks related to the damage or loss of a shipment. They protect the importers/exporters from substantial financial losses. For example, they will be protected in case of untoward incidents like an accident, natural disaster, piracy, or customs rejection. According to Mr. Meyrer, “The price you pay for the insurance is not even close to the loss you may incur if your cargo is damaged. Therefore, we always suggest our clients to get international insurance on their cargoes.”

Now that we are going through one of the most difficult times for the international shipping industry, the relevance of competent freight companies has become abundantly clear. “Experience, industry knowledge, and the right contacts are some of the most important factors that are allowing us to attract new clients and provide the best logistical solutions. Honestly, I just hope that in the future the prices will stabilize, empty containers will be found easily and the shipping lines will be more committed to sticking to their schedule,” concludes Mr. Meyrer.

We wish Clemar Logistics the very best for their future endeavours!


Cooperation as the key to succeed in difficult times

In this report, Feroniki SA International Shipping Forwarding, Globalia member in Piraeus, Greece, tells us about how they have increased their business volume by establishing strong relationships with more than 10 Globalia members

Cooperating with trusted logistics partners is the most foolproof way of reaching new markets. Moreover, it allows freight forwarders to offer new services through enhanced possibilities for postponements, warehouse kitting, and delivery. Additionally, companies sharing a portion of their shipments are better positioned to augment their territory coverage.  The combination of their fleets, expertise, and workforce enables independent freight forwarders to compete with multinationals.

Feroniki SA International Shipping Forwarding, Globalia member in Piraeus, Greece, Globalia Piraeus is setting a shining example of how cooperation is the basis of growth and expansion. They joined Globalia in 2018 and have been establishing productive partnerships with several Globalia members since then. These long-term partnerships are enabling them to provide more comprehensive solutions to clients around the world.

The pandemic situation

This post pandemic market crisis has shown us that it is even more important for small and mid-sized companies to work collectively. Joining forces allow them to pool their resources and make the best of their individual strong points. As a result, freight forwarders enhance their operations and achieve better customer satisfaction.

“It is very important for members to support each other in order to become more competitive, especially during these unstable times. That is why, we are very pleased to have trustful partners within our Network with whom we can exchange jobs and sales leads”, says Mr. Nikos Liberopoulos, Sales Manager of Feroniki.

Competitors in this sector stand to gain much more by working as partners. Moreover, this also leads to a considerable reduction in expenses. Close cooperation with reliable network partners whose credibility is vetted by us can be an extremely effective way of growing and expanding your operations.

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Globalia Piraeus successfully collaborating with several network members

The challenges facing the sector nowadays

Freight forwarders are already stressed by the problems of rising freight rates, container shortage, and port congestion. “Ocean carriers are changing their company’s structure and trying to put clients and forwarders into a new situation where their services are available only via the internet. In this situation, the network agents must try to find time to involve more with their fellow members”, continues Nikos.

“We are actually teaming with fellow agents like RS Logistics and Chripan Agency on a regular basis. Additionally, we have many supporting partners and we hope to share and gain more business together. ” says Mr. Nikos Liberopoulos, Sales Manager of Feroniki.

Their partnership with Chripan Agency Ltd, Globalia Larnaca/Limassol, which started in the first quarter of 2021, is still ongoing. Additionally, they are still collaborating on the project involving the movement of edible oil from Greece to Egypt. Apart from this, they are also continuously partnering with RS Logistics, Globalia Hong Kong, with whom they established a steady long-term partnership after attending Globalia’s 3rd Annual Meeting in Abu Dhabi. Presently, they are delivering commodity training devices for pharmaceutical companies via air freight from China to Greece in coordination with RS Logistics.

“As per my experience during Covid, the local markets had many ups and downs. During this crisis, exchanging sales leads with network partners helped us save the day more easily than we thought. So let’s not forget the strength of collaboration and let’s join forces to keep the shipments moving. Lastly, I would like to send my thanks and gratitude to all supporting members. Hopefully, the news of our successful collaborations will motivate other members to follow this example. United we will be stronger,” adds Mr. Liberopoulos.

Congratulations to Feroniki SA for the successful collaborations and wishing them the very best for their future endeavours!

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Globalia Budapest takes up the charge of the logistical operations for the Hungarian Olympics Team

They were responsible for all the aspects of the 30 tons cargo that was moved to the Olympic Village in Tokyo

MASPED Logisztika Ltd, Globalia member in Budapest, Hungary, prepared and managed the Hungarian Olympic Team’s shipments for the Olympic Games, Tokyo 2020. “Undoubtedly this has been one of our most prestigious projects even though it involved too many responsibilities,” says Miklos Bartko, the Division Manager of MASPED Logisztika Ltd.

They moved 4×40’ shipments of the Hungarian Team by sea freight. This shipment consisted of sailing boats, motorboats, and other competition equipment for sea sports. Moreover, they had to move medicine, medical equipment, nutrition supplements, sailing masts, and the team’s office supplies by air. All of these shipments had a total weight of around 5000 Kg. Additionally, they moved a 1000 Kg dangerous goods shipment consisting of disinfectants and cleaners for protection against COVID-19.

MAZPED Logisztika- independent freight forwarder
Globalia Budapest moves shipments for Hungarian Olympics Team


MASPED Logisztika Ltd was responsible for pick-up, intermediate storage, packing, and export customs clearance of these shipments. Moreover, their team was also in charge of transporting the items to the departure point. They worked alongside a Japanese local Agency for import customs clearance, storage and delivery to the Olympic Village and Enoshima Harbour (for sailing competitions).

“Our professionalism, value-added services, socially responsible attitude, and over 7 decades of market experience allowed us to garner this prestigious project. Moreover, I want to take this opportunity to mention that our company will also arrange the return freights for the Paralympic Games. Lastly, I want to thank all my teammates who work round the clock to make a success of all our projects,” adds Mr. Bartko.

Congratulations to MASPED Logisztika Ltd and the very best for their future endeavours!

Globalia Gaborone moves a high profile consignment on behalf of the Government of Botswana

They are collecting and delivering exam materials to all Junior Secondary Schools in Botswana for a period of 3 years

KTU Express PTY Ltd, Globalia member in Gaborone, Botswana, is moving a sensitive and high profile consignment in the government enclave monitored by Botswana Examination Council.

The consignment consists of exam materials, collected from Botswana Examinations Council in Gaborone and delivered to all Junior schools in the country. As stated by Ndiye Smith, the CEO of KTU Express, “The police department is guarding the consignments 24 hours.  Moreover, our bonded vehicles are highly secure to carry such consignments”.

KTU Express Independent Freight Forwarder
Globalia Gaborone moves a government consignment


KTU started with this service since 2020 and will continue to do so for a period of 3 years. “We are proud to be associated with this high-profile government project. With 9 years of experience in the market, we believe we have met all the requirements for this project. This is simply our daily task!”

Congratulations to KTU Express and best of luck for their future projects!



Globalia Ulaanbaatar moves two units of EC-145 helicopters

They moved this shipment via sea freight from Antwerp, Belgium, to Ulaan Baatar, Mongolia, via Xingang, China

Tuushin LLC, Globalia member in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, transported two EC-145 helicopters from Belgium to Mongolia via China. They undertook this project on behalf of the Mongolian National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA). The EC-145 helicopters will greatly expedite the search and rescue operations of NEMA.

In the words of Bayarsaikhan Lunden, the Head of the Sales Department of Tuushin, “This has been a highly significant shipment for our team and we are glad to have executed it successfully. These helicopters will allow NEMA to reestablish their air rescue units within the project framework as mentioned above.”

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Globalia Ulaanbaatar moves two helicopters

They made use of 40 FR containers to move the two helicopters. Additionally, they used air suspension trailers throughout the trucking process. Moreover, they had to complete the transportation process before the Chinese May Day holidays. In order to do so, they had to complete the Chinese border documentations like transit customs clearance just an hour before the border closed for the long holiday break.

“Our team was charged with all the important aspects of this project including customs clearance, trans-loading, unloading on the ground. This project was indeed a challenging one but thanks to the skill and know-how of our workforce, we managed to complete it impeccably,” adds Mr. Lunden.

Congratulations to Tuushin LLC and best of luck for their future projects!

The June edition of Globalia’s quarterly newsletter is now online

This newsletter comes with news from the members and from the sector along with relevant information about Globalia’s upcoming Virtual Meeting in October

We would like to bring to your attention that you can now view the June edition of Globalia’s quarterly newsletter on our website. Inside the newsletter, you will find all the news about your partner’s achievements from April to June. We have also included two interviews with our members in Warsaw/Gdynia and Karachi. Moreover, inside the newsletter, you will find several pertinent information about Globalia’s 2nd Virtual Meeting.

Globalia's June Newsletter
Globalia’s June Newsletter

Like always, you will get to read about news snippets from the freight forwarding industry plus a detailed news about IAG cargo’s new routes to Latin American countries. Additionally, the article on the Role of Collaboration in the Logistics Industry will surely encourage you to closely cooperate with your partners for mutual benefits.

If you are looking forward to featuring your company’s achievements in our upcoming newsletter, do not forget to send us a few lines about the latest goings-on in your company.

Hope you enjoy reading!

Globalia Logistics Network partners with the logistics news magazine Cargotalk

Cargotalk is an Indian logistics news magazine with an extensive national and international circulation

Globalia Logistics Network, one of the best freight forwarders network with coverage in 189 cities across 124 countries, establishes a media partnership with Cargotalk. Cargotalk is a platform for news related to multimodal logistics, warehousing, and the supply chain industry. It allows independent freight forwarders to showcase their services and achievements to an international audience. The magazine which was first published 20 years back, presently has a circulation of 20,000 printed copies. The online version of this magazine has an even greater circulation reaching over 400,000 readers.

Globalia media partner-Cargotalk
Globalia media partner-Cargotalk

This magazine for independent freight forwarders includes numerous sections like news, opinions, and interviews, and reports that allow the supply chain professionals to keep tabs on the most relevant news in the sector. Additionally, this journal also comes with a separate Award Talk section plus a dedicated Guest Column. In this column they publish pieces written by industry experts.

Their meticulous distribution process of this magazine make sure that it reaches its readers on the right date and time. Moreover, special issues of Cargotalk are circulated at all important cargo and logistics conventions.

Globalia encourages all members to take a look at their website and download the Cargotalk app from Play Store and App Store.

Australia enforces quarantine measures for containers coming from risk countries to combat the problem of Khapra beetle infestation

Khapra beetle are a dangerous pest that targets containers with plant-based products, and high-risk containers are henceforth required to be fumigated at the point of origin

Australia has released an updated regulation for urgent actions to protect against khapra beetle. Beetles are a highly damaging pest getting rid of which is extremely difficult. It is a part of the list of world’s top 100 worst invasive species. These pests usually target shipments of grains, oil seeds and dried foods.Most importantly, they leave behind their larvae, hair and skin sheds that pose considerable health risk.

“Australia has published specific regulations regarding the control of Khapra beetle infestation problems and we consider that is is something all members and clients should take into account when managing their shipments into Australia”, says Andy McClay the General Manager of PCFS Logistics, Globalia member in Sydney, Australia.

The pests tend to hide in the tiniest cracks making them very resistant to pesticides. Furthermore, they can survive without food for a long time. For this reason, the best way to avoid them is to stop them from entering a non-native country.

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Member Alert from PCFS Logistics
This pest which is native to India, is found in other parts of Asia, Europe and Africa. Precisely for this reason Australia’s Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment (DAWE) has made quarantine treatment mandatory for containers with a risk of khapra beetle infestation.

Shippers should fumigate the containers that fall under either condition at origin prior to departure. The authorities will re-export all untreated containers as onshore treatment is not an option currently. The measures for khapra beetle have been in force since 12th April. It is applicable for containers that contain high risk plant products & packed in target risk countries. These containers will require offshore treatment prior to landing in Australia. The new measures that will come into place from July 12th will cover all other goods from target risk countries. These goods will be unpacked in a rural grain growing area of Australia.

Mr. McClay further adds, “I would request my Globalia partners to check the list of khapra beetle high risk countries along with the list of plant products that are prone to beetle infestation. You will find all the relevant info about the newly implemented measures on this Members’ Alert. For questions about the alert get in touch with our team for further assistance.”

We thank Globalia Sydney for making the members aware of the new regulations in Australia!


Globalia partners with Fruit Expo 2021 – a three day industry fair to be held in Guangzhou, China

The Fruit Expo 2021 which will be held from 24th to 26th September is a highly anticipated event that will be joined by the top players in the industry

Globalia Logistics Network partners with the Fruit Expo 2021 to be held in September in Guangzhou, China. This three day event is one of the fastest growing industry fairs in China. Moreover, top industry professionals are showing their hearty endorsement for this fair by forming an advisor team. Wider representation of the sector will help to make this event all the more engaging.

This event will be joined by Pagoda, one of China’s biggest fruit retailers. They operate a store fleet of over 4000 in over 80 cities in the domestic market. Additionally, they provide service for more than 50 million subscribed customers. Yet another industry leader to join this event is Goodfarmer- one of China’s biggest fruit importers and exporters. They have clients in over 70 countries. Moreover, in 2018 they received the Most Influential Banana Brand Award from CFMA.

Globalia Media Partner-Fruit Expo 2021
Globalia partners with Fruit Expo 2021

Chen’s Sun one of China’s biggest fruit distributors will be a part of this event. They handle both imported and domestic quality fresh/dried fruits and nuts and have partnerships with over 2000 wholesalers countrywide. Reemoon is China’s leading manufacturer of intelligent automatic post-harvest handling machines. They have provided services for more than 1300 clients from over 20 countries over the past 19 years. Lastly, Jiabao one of the most famous Chinese brands for preserved fruits will attend the event. As the biggest manufacturer of preserved mandarin orange peels, Jiabao has participated in the drafting of national standards for the preserved fruits industry.

Fruit Expo 2021 will be held alongside the Guangdong 21st Century Maritime Silk Road International Expo (MSRE). Additionally, the online version of Fruit Expo, will take place on 14th-20th November.

In order to join and for any related inquiries visit





Interview with Maria Serrano the PR and Event Coordinator of Globalia Logistics Network

“I have to organize the events meticulously so that all our members are happy and get to connect in the best environment. When it comes to our members’ experience during the meeting we can’t make any mistakes!”

This week you will be reading an interview with Maria Serrano, who is in charge of PR and Event Coordination of Globalia Logistics Network. Maria plays a major role in the planning and organization of Globalia’s Annual Meetings. Additionally, she is also responsible for the network’s communication as well as the coordination and development of Globalia’s online publicizing strategy for members. Before joining Globalia, Maria worked with different international companies managing projects in trade shows worldwide, developing marketing campaigns and organizing events.

Globalia interview with Maria Serrano
Maria Serrano, Globalia PR and Events Coordinator

Q. Let’s begin with your experience at Globalia Logistics Network

A. I joined the Globalia team from the very first day of the network and in all these years I never had a cause to complain. I really appreciate working with my colleagues and as a team we get along really well. Since joining Globalia, my task has been to figure out several promotional strategies for our members. My prior experience in journalism has sharpened my writing/communication skills and research ability all of which are important in my line of work. Working with Globalia has taught me many new things and the perfect work ambience here allows me to do my job with utmost care and precision.

Q. What does your job consist of? Do you find your everyday tasks exciting?

A. The most important aspects of my job include organizational work for Globalia’s Annual Meetings, writing articles for our members and press releases announcing significant network news to the wider logistics world. Members write to me on a daily basis sending me the details of their latest achievement. It is my job to edit and publish a promotional news article about our member’s accomplishments and undertake several marketing initiatives.

Q. What is the most challenging aspect of your job?

Choosing the best hotel, restaurant, band, photographers, and making other necessary arrangements for the meeting is perhaps my most challenging task. I have to do this task scrupulously so that all our members are happy and get to connect in the best possible environment. Also, organizing the whole event is a complicated job since there are many details to take into account. Furthermore, as we are far away this task involves a whole lot of phone calls, emails and videochats. When it comes to our members’ experience during the meeting we can’t make any mistakes!

Q. What is the most important objective of the Marketing and PR team?

A. The primary objective of our PR and Marketing team is to promote our members’ companies in every possible way. Moreover, it is also our task to arrange for a seamless Annual Meeting experience and make sure that the members are making the most of it.

Q. What do you like most about your work?

A. The commendable office environment allows me to be creative and innovative about every aspect of my job. As an American writer and PR specialist Ronn Torossian puts it, “PR is a mix of journalism, psychology, and lawyering – it’s an ever-changing and always interesting landscape.” It goes without saying that in spite of all its challenges my work is highly engaging and I thoroughly enjoy brain wracking to find the best solutions for our members.

Q. In what way the members benefit from attending Globalia’s Annual Meeting?

A. The meetings help to foster a collaborative spirit by bringing together all the members. Moreover, the formal meetings and the informal chitchats, day tours and parties help to strengthen the bonding among the network members. Because of the Coronavirus we have shifted the meeting online and our upcoming meeting is all set to take place in October. We are very excited about it, since the First edition really met our expectations. We received loads of good comments about the organization and good connections made by Globalia members, which is by far our best reward.

Honesty, expertise, independence, loyalty, and fairness are some of the values that drive me… I believe that the success of our team lies with the success of our members.

Q. What are Globalia’s plans for the virtual meetings? Do you think they can substitute the face-to-face meetings?

A. I think nothing can substitute the efficacy of an in-person meeting. However, in 2021 a face-to-face conference is absolutely impossible because of the travel restrictions and associated health risks. After the success of our 2020 online meeting, we have decided to move our meeting to virtual format one more time until we meet again in the coming year. The online meeting will provide our members with a networking platform in the absence of in-person meeting. Moreover, it will allow them to forge lasting relationships with their partners. The result will be many new collaborative projects and increased business volume within the network.

Q. How does Globalia help to publicize the members’ activities?

A. We always encourage the members to send us the latest news from their end. This allows us to create a promotional news piece about our members achievement that we publish on our news section every Friday. The members are also interviewed from time to time so that they get a chance to give their option about the industry defining issues and get a chance to talk about their services, experiences and specialties. We also make sure to promote this news on our social media pages where we encourage all our followers to read that news. Additionally Globalia’s SEO optimization endeavours further increase the visibility of the news which translates to greater popularity of our members.

Q. What are the latest marketing endeavours of Globalia in 2021?

A. In 2021 we have implemented several different marketing actions. This includes the upgrading of our members area, addition of many new features to our website, the implementation of an SEO strategy. Additionally we have also created Globalia’s mobile app that will make it easier for members to connect with their partners. We are presently working on the implementation of many more useful marketing strategies. However, the details will be revealed at the right time!

Q. What are the values that motivate you?

Honesty, expertise, independence, loyalty, and fairness are some of the values that drive me. I try to incorporate these values in every aspect of my task and I make sure to abide by these work ethics. I believe that the success of our team lies with the success of our members.