Taiwan's Evergreen Line has teamed up with the Chinese wholesale marketplace Alibaba to offer Alibaba.com members the option of booking sea freight services online with guaranteed space and prices.
The growth of e-commerce has resulted in small, fragmented orders from global buyers. Taking note of the need for user-friendly logistics services of smaller volume shippers, Evergreen Line is collaborating with Alibaba.com to allow shippers to search for freight rates and reserve cargo space on the Alibaba.com platform directly, a service that will be available to primarily suppliers in China.
Once a booking is confirmed, the selected price is also locked-in. The rate will not alter regardless of how the market price changes. With a guarantee of space and price, shippers can keep their production lines running with assurance and control their logistics costs with confidence, says Evergreen.
Evergreen Line has also appointed Evergreen Logistics Corporation as a designated provider of customized, comprehensive logistics solutions for Alibaba.com members opting for its sea freight services.
At this initial stage of its partnership with Alibaba.com, Evergreen Line will be offering Alibaba.com suppliers the booking facility on routes from China’s main ports to Israel and South America.
Maersk Line, Zim and CMA CGM have also entered into agreements with Alibaba.