European freight forwarder association will raise awareness among its members of the free capability to compare their ocean freight carrier buy rates against those of their peers.
European freight forwarder association CLECAT has entered into a collaborative agreement with container shipping consultancy Drewry to raise awareness among its freight forwarder membership of Drewry’s Forwarder Benchmarking Club, which allows members can compare their ocean freight carrier buy rates against those of their peers.
Under this arrangement, the European Association for Forwarding, Transport, Logistics and Customs Services (CLECAT), which represents more than 19,000 companies providing logistics, freight forwarding and customs services, will inform its members about the benefits of joining Drewry’s freight rate benchmarking service dedicated to freight forwarders and NVOCCs. Membership of the freight rate benchmarking capability is free to qualifying forwarders and NVOCCs.
Launched in 2019, Drewry Forwarder Benchmarking Club follows a similar model to Drewry’s other freight cost benchmarking services, “providing a confidential, closed user group through which members can compare their ocean carrier buy rates against their peers”. The service, which now enables benchmarking across over 4,000 worldwide port pairs, is one of a number of ocean freight procurement support services provided by Drewry’s logistics consultancy arm, Drewry Supply Chain Advisors.
“We are very pleased to collaborate with Drewry in support of this freight rate benchmarking service for the freight forwarding community,” said Nicolette van der Jagt, director general of CLECAT. “We are always seeking ways to bring value to our members by raising awareness of services and tools that enable them to better compete in a marketplace ravaged by the Covid-19 pandemic.”
Martin Dixon, director and head of Drewry Research Products, commented: “We are delighted to receive such strong endorsement and support from the voice of the European forwarding industry. Through this initiative, CLECAT forwarder members can benefit from a service that enables them to buy, price and sell better in an increasingly challenging market.”