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What One Importer’s Legal Fight Says About the Power of Cargo Giants


Hamburg Süd would be paid about $1,800 to ship each 40-foot container, which held most of the furniture and household goods that OJ Commerce would sell under its own brands. The carrier delivered only 185. That forced OJ Commerce to pay vastly inflated prices to lock up last-minute bookings for its additional containers.The complaint claims that Hamburg Süd denied OJ Commerce’s containers so it could cash in on soaring shipping rates, selling the same space to other importers for 10 times the contracted price.OJ Commerce says its conflict with Hamburg Süd decimated its fastest-growing division, which makes products at factories in Asia and ships them to the United States for sale.Acco …

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