MOL debuts new online shop, unable to provide shipping costs

Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL), Japan’s largest shipping line by dwt, has debuted a new shop.

MOL Shop sells used ship equipment from vessel demolition yards in Turkey.

Currently, mainly antique items account for most of the listings on the new cross-border e-commerce website, but the company is looking at ways to expand the selection in the future with large items such as ship equipment and lifeboats.

MOL said today it will also look at expanding its sales coverage to include ship recycling yards in India and Bangladesh.

Ironically for a shipping company starting an online shop, MOL stated that due to the “instability” in the market, the company is unable to provide shipping costs at the moment. Customers can complete an order without paying anything. Once they are informed about shipping costs with a separate email, the buyer will receive a link to pay.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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