Container shipping giant Maersk Line has partnered with CargoSphere to introduce the Digital Rate Distribution Solution, a platform for customers to receive immediate digital distribution of its contract rates and amendments.
The service, which will complement Maersk’s other online quoting solutions, was launched on August 20 and will make all short-term rates (FAK rates) available to clients using the CargoSphere platform.
According to a statement, benefits of the solution include improved data accuracy, online access to timely rates for better decision making, faster reconciliation of invoices and faster quoting to customers for freight forwarders and Non Vessel Owning Common Carriers (NVOCCs).
The solution is available across all geographies in the Maersk Line, Seago Line, MCC, Safmarine and SeaLand brands, and will be widely available to its CargoSphere customers by the end of 2019.
Liezel du Toit, Senior Director and Senior Product Owner of Maersk Line, said: “We are very excited that our collaboration with CargoSphere has allowed us to take this important step in making it easier for our customers to ship with us.
“They should be spending time on their business, not on updating our rates in their systems.”
Carsten Frank Olsen, Senior Director and Global Head of eCommerce at Maersk Line, commented: “This move marks another step in the Maersk Line digital transformation and helps us to offer advanced, industry-leading digital solutions that improve the customer experience.
“Our customers require a faster and simpler way to manage freight rates. Working with CargoSphere we are pleased to be able to deliver this.”