Dubai, United Arab Emirates,

DP World's freight-rate marketplace soars by 1759%

Mike Bhaskaran, COO Logistics & Technology, DP World
Through the pandemic, the world has been forced to become increasingly digital to keep business flowing.
Mike Bhaskaran, COO Logistics & Technology, DP World

A whopping 1,759% growth since SeaRates’ acquisition in 2020

Freight-rate marketplace SeaRates By DP World is seeing rapid revenue growth of 1,759% eighteen months after its acquisition by the leading global trade enabler.

Since its launch in 2005, SeaRates, the trusted community marketplace for people to send goods around the world, has been seeking to consolidate its position as a robust digital platform to contribute to the smarter trade movement for cargo owners, freight forwarders or consumers looking to transport goods at competitive rates.

The vision was to digitise business from easing freight bookings from any origin to any destination, to providing relevant web-based logistics tools to support back, middle, and front office operations.

The DP World brand contributes to SeaRates’s success, adding an extra layer of credibility and a support system built to scale. Additionally, there are several key pandemic factors contributing to SeaRates’s success; ecommerce boom and economies of scale, spot-market appeal to contract rate-based clients and external exposure and commercial growth.

“The e-commerce sector saw a rise in retail sales, from 16 to 19 per cent in 2020, according to UN Trade. This global trend also impacted SeaRates, that essentially is an e-commerce platform to book containers from any origin to destination”, said Mike Bhaskaran, Group COO, Digital Technology and Logistics.

He added: “During the pandemic, the digital movement has gone into full effect as face-to-face interactions become difficult. Through the pandemic, the world has been forced to become increasingly digital to keep business flowing. This inherently turned many traditional cargo owners to seek alternatives such as SeaRates to operate and keep trade flowing”.

Think by ING – the leading Insurance provider, also providing economic and financial analysis – predicts that freight rates are expected to remain above their pre-pandemic levels in the longer term, because of several key factors, such as the absence of a short-term relief due to rising global demand, continued global imbalances pushing prices up further, few alternatives to ocean freight, an unbalanced recovery throughout 2021 and delays from port congestion and closures. Reducing cancelled routes will help ease capacity constraints.

Another factor is that premium cargo owners and freight forwarders with access to contract/fixed rates are finding competitive offers in spot marketplaces, such as SeaRates. This has led SeaRates to attain a new customer, that they would have previously found more challenging to engage.

“We see SeaRates’s trajectory to date as a clear indication of becoming a key freight-rate marketplace provider”, Bhaskaran concluded.

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About DP World

We are the leading provider of worldwide smart end-to-end supply chain logistics, enabling the flow of trade across the globe. Our comprehensive range of products and services covers every link of the integrated supply chain – from maritime and inland terminals to marine services and industrial parks as well as technology-driven customer solutions. 

We deliver these services through an interconnected global network of 129 business units in 55 countries across six continents, with a significant presence both in high-growth and mature markets. Wherever we operate, we integrate sustainability and responsible corporate citizenship into our activities, striving for a positive contribution to the economies and communities where we live and work. 

Our dedicated, diverse and professional team of more than 55,000 employees from 134 countries are committed to delivering unrivalled value to our customers and partners. We do this by focussing on mutually beneficial relationships – with governments, shippers, traders, and other stakeholders along the global supply chain – relationships built on a foundation of mutual trust and enduring partnership. 

We think ahead, anticipate change and deploy industry-leading technology to further broaden our digital vision to disrupt world trade and create the smartest, most efficient and innovative solutions, while ensuring a positive and sustainable impact on economies, societies and our planet. 

About SeaRates By DP World

Founded in August of 2005, SeaRates is a freight rate marketplace for individual people and businesses to send goods around the world. helps to arrange the international cargo delivery from 1m squared to 50 kg shiploads and more. Thanks to world-class customer service and a growing community of cargo agents, is an easy way for people to ship their goods from any origin to destination.

In 2020, DP World acquired SeaRates as part of their strategy to keep trade flowing, and the company now known as ‘SeaRates By DP World’.