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Ocean Buying Group

We have teamed-up with Chainalytics, the global supply chain consultancy, to create the ’Ocean Buying Group’ addressing the ocean freight procurement needs of small and medium sized shippers.

A shipper’s rate competitiveness and priority to a carrier is directly related to number of containers an organisation controls and ships with that carrier. As the ocean industry continues to change with mergers and acquisitions, limiting competition and leverage, smaller shippers are being left behind. With these developments, small to mid-sized shippers will continue to be slated at higher rates and receive less support from carriers. With this volatility in mind, organisations need to consider methods available to receive the best possible rates and access to category expertise and intelligence.

No participation fee... No minimum commitment... No change


Ocean Buying Group provides the rate stability and leverage typically awarded only to large shippers, allowing your organisation to remain competitive without the high costs typically associated with smaller levels of ocean transport….it’s a no fee, no commitment, no operational change solution.


Ocean Buying Group provides solutions to the following challenges:

  • Less rate favourability for lacking top volume shipper status
  • Finding time and expertise to focus on secondary spend
  • Lacking centralised tools to quantify and facilitate better decision-making
  • Management of contracts and rate agreements
  • Inability to budget and/or mitigate increases due to fluctuations in the market
  • Lack of market intelligence and shipper insight

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