Hapag-Lloyd is looking to take a leaf out the airlines in terms of revenue management. The German containerline is considering offering customers the chance to get their container loaded last and unloaded first. There will be an extra charge for the faster transit time, but the higher cost is something Hapag-Lloyd reckons will not deter shippers of certain cargoes such as perishables.
“It is correct that we are thoroughly looking at services that could add additional value to our clients and allow for a more differentiated pricing,” a spokesperson for the Hamburg-headquartered line confirmed to Splash today.
“A container that is loaded last and unloaded first can reduce transit times by days, which might be beneficial to certain client groups, for example when shipping fresh products such as fruits,” the spokesperson elaborated.
The new product is still at a conceptual stage.
Container shipping has trialled this concept before. The Daily Maersk premium service ran for four years through to 2015, but was eventually canned as clients were unwilling to pay the higher fees.