As I have been posting
on a couple of other threads here I am getting close to buying
a french cat (taking advantage of the weak EUR) and then shipping
it back to Oz (time comittments prevent me sailing her and im not that keen on a delivery
though that may change)
In getting quotes for this it seems i have run into a bit of a cartel amongst shipping
brokers and shipowners ie quotes have near doubled once Ive gone from indicative to a firm ship. Im getting multiple quotes and the one broker that doesnt double his price
is just informed that "due to preexisting relationships" he can no longer quote me for a particular ship as another broker has exlusive arrangements in place.
The broker locked out is the one that I have been dealing with for some months so theres no actual pre existing anything with the other mob
Ill leave actual brokers names out of it for now but if the same kind of behavior happened here in Oz there would be a wall of consumer protection coming to bear. Not so it seems for interntational freight.
Luckily ive not committed too far to a boat but its made me very wary that if i do i have a sold shipping agreement in place.
What have been others experience here? can they recommend an agent based on actual experience (not heresay)?