HAPAG-Lloyd has tapped on-line open-market platform MATCHBOX Exchange to handle all its container re-use and triangulation in New Zealand.
The carrier says the change will provide shippers with cost and efficiency benefits, and follows a similar move by Maersk Line in Australia at the end of July and the CMA CGM Group (ANL, APL and CMA CGM) in Oceania in May.
Hapag-Lloyd says use of MATCHBOX Exchange – which incurs a fee of $20+GST for a re-use, and $10+GST for an exchange – enables the following benefits:
- Increase profitability by cutting transport costs
- Obtain instant approvals on 24/7 basis
- Increase savings by exchanging containers with others
- Streamline administration time, reduce error rates
- Achieve greater transparency, robust validation and tighter logistics control
- Improve packing and delivery program efficiency by avoiding Container Park bottlenecks
- Reduce your shipment’s carbon footprint
- Gain free access to MATCHBOX Exchange’s help desk with prompt support
The re-use option is seen as best for customers with both import and export opportunities, allowing the same container to be used for each task, while the container exchange function suits customers with either import or export opportunities, enabling shippers to offer an empty to or accept an empty from another shipper.
MATCHBOX Exchange provides an instant response for container re-use requests, 24/7.