MAERSK Line is to set its booking window for cargo in the Asia-Pacific region to 28 days from 15 July.

The carrier says that as the Red Sea situation continues, it is continually seeking ways to offer customers “more certainty and stability”.

“As part of this, we are making changes to the booking window for our Asia-Pacific (APA) trades from where this booking window applies: Australia, North America East Coast, West Coast South America, East Coast South America, North Europe, Mediterranean, East Africa, West Africa, South Africa, West Central Asia (Middle East), and West Central Asia (Indian subcontinent).

“The booking window is calculated from the date your booking is received until the estimated time of departure (ETD) of vessel. Bookings made after 15 July 2024 that go beyond the new booking window will not be accepted.

Maersk says that by adjusting the booking window, it can offer customers more certainty and reduce the likelihood of changes.

The change only applies to APA trades. It will remain in place until further notice, the carriers said.

Earlier this month Maersk announced an increase its charges for late gate service for exports from Australia to the world, with the fee to rise on 1 August from $310 per container to $425.