Ocean cargo/global logistics: Ag shippers release latest findings

APL was named the the top ranked player in the the 4th annual AgTC Ocean Carrier Performance Survey

By ·

APL was named the the top ranked player in the the 4th annual AgTC Ocean Carrier Performance Survey last week in San Francisco.

The AgTC initiated the Annual Survey in 2007 in order to address significant shortcomings on the part of some carriers in the area of documentation, specifically, timely and accurate bills of lading. In recent years, with the proliferation of government data collection requirements and commercial and financial demands—and the shifting volumes from imports to exports—carriers have faced new challenges. 

“The objective of the AgTC Ocean Carrier Performance Survey is to recognize those carriers who consistently perform well, and to incent the others to focus their company, personnel and resources on doing better” said association spokesmen.

The AgTC has each year extended an invitation to each carrier to work with the AgTC and its members to address documentation and other performance practices, in order to improve them and enhance the shipper-carrier relationship.

According to spokesmen, a demonstration of positive potential of the survey has been the effort of Maersk to address documentation issues.

“Maersk met with ag shippers at the AgTC mid-year conference, established a documentation initiative, with dedicated personnel, and heard directly from the AgTC members, the specific documentation metrics required for the shipper to perform under their contracts to their foreign customers,” said spokesmen.

The Confidential Survey asks each shipper to “assign a number that reflects your overall experience with the booking, equipment and space allocation, documentation and customer service practices of the carriers with whom you ship: 1. Among the best; 2. In the upper half; 3. In the bottom half; 4. Among the worst.”

To calculate a score for each carrier, all the submissions are aggregated and averaged. The submissions of each participating shipper are completely confidential, and after the scores are calculated, all individual submissions are discarded.

The complete survey findings can be found on the AgTC’s website: http://www.agrans.org


About the Author

Patrick Burnson, Executive Editor
Patrick Burnson is executive editor for Logistics Management and Supply Chain Management Review magazines and web sites. Patrick is a widely-published writer and editor who has spent most of his career covering international trade, global logistics, and supply chain management. He lives and works in San Francisco, providing readers with a Pacific Rim perspective on industry trends and forecasts. You can reach him directly at [email protected]

Subscribe to Logistics Management Magazine!

Subscribe today. It's FREE!
Get timely insider information that you can use to better manage your entire logistics operation.
Start your FREE subscription today!

Article Topics

All Topics
Latest Whitepaper
The Benefits of Shared Transportation & Supply Chain Networks
In this new digital issue, the editors of Logistics Management have gathered four feature articles designed to help mangers break away from traditional, “transactional” relationships and move toward integrated provider partnerships for freight transportation.
Download Today!
From the August 2016 Issue
A growing number of low-cost lift trucks offer new avenues for pairing equipment and applications, but less cautious buyers might find that small up-front costs come at a steep price. Selecting the proper lift truck, lift truck tips 2016, Choosing the right Lift Truck
Megatrends in ocean freight
Ocean Cargo Roundtable: What’s in store for 2017?
View More From this Issue
Subscribe to Our Email Newsletter
Sign up today to receive our FREE, weekly email newsletter!
Latest Webcast
Getting the most out of your 3PL relationship
Join Evan Armstrong, president of Armstrong & Associates, as he explains how creating a balanced portfolio of "Top 50" global and domestic partners can maximize efficiency and mitigate risk.
Register Today!
EDITORS' PICKS
2016 Quest for Quality: Winners Take the Spotlight
Which carriers, third-party logistics providers and U.S. ports have crossed the service-excellence...
Regional ports concentrate on growth and connectivity
With the Panama Canal expansion complete, ocean cargo gateways in the Caribbean are investing to...

Digital Reality Check
Just how close are we to the ideal digital supply network? Not as close as we might like to think....
Top 25 ports: West Coast continues to dominate
The Panama Canal expansion is set for late June and may soon be attracting more inbound vessel calls...