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Maersk and MSC Start Charging 'Port Congestion Surcharges'

6.11.2020

The world's two biggest container vessel companies, Maersk and Mediterranean Shipping Company, are to levy congestion charges of up to US$300 a container on Ports of Auckland's customers.  This comes in the wake of delays of up to 12 days, which the port blames on Australian supply disruption and a lack of workforce.

In a recently released advisory to customers, Maersk, which operates 786 vessels with a capacity of 4.1 million twenty-foot equivalent units, said. At the same time, it had "done its utmost to deliver cargo to and from Auckland while managing the current situation as best possible," it was experiencing significant vessel delays with waiting times currently 12 days.

Both Maersk and MSC said delays resulted in vessel omissions and 'contingencies' "significantly impacting overall operational costs."

Maersk said it will now be implementing a port congestion surcharge of US$215 per both standard and reefer TEU containers on all export cargo arriving in or departing Auckland after Nov. 13.

MSC's surcharge, which is pegged at a higher US$300 per TEU, from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka or Australia, will apply to cargo with a bill of lading from Monday, Nov. 9.

In MSC's case, this will also apply to all New Zealand coastal cargo loading at NZ ports to Auckland with the same effective date.

 

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