EUROPE - Space shortage for Full Container bookings ex Nth Europe / UK / Med

All shipping lines servicing the Europe - SE Asia trade lane are desperate to increase ocean freight rates on this sector. Part of the strategy to achieve this is to create a space shortage on what are particularly large vessels. The lines are achieving this by having blank sailings - where bookings are taken but the sailing is actually cancelled last minute and all containers rolled over to the next vessel. 
 
This is working to the extent that we are experiencing difficulties sometimes getting space on the vessels that ideally we would like to ship on. MAERSK, MITSUI, NYK are all in the same situation.
 
To avoid these shipment delays we would ask that you give us as much time as possible to book and secure space for full container shipments. 

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