SHIPPERS are facing increased import bills as container lines expand the scope and size of inbound freight rates and surcharges.

In further notifications in the past seven days:

“In order to keep providing you with our global services and due to the dynamic market situation causing disruptions on global networks”, Maersk is amending the Peak Season Surcharge (PSS) for all dry containers from Brunei, Vietnam, Indonesia, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar (Burma), Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Timor Leste to Australiaeffective from 1 July 2024. The new PSSs are US$500 per dry 20-foot and US1000 per dry 40-foot and 45-foot.

Hapag-Lloyd’s ocean tariff rates for Freight All Kinds (FAK) between North Europe & the Mediterranean and Oceania (Australia & New Zealand) will increase by US$400 for 20-foot dry and reefer containers and by $800 for 40-foot dry, high cube and reefer boxes on 1 July. The ocean tariff rates include the Operational Cost Recovery (OCR) but exclude Marine Fuel Recovery (MFR) and are subject to our tariff conditions and surcharges.

ANL has advised that “due to escalating operating costs arising from port congestion, container imbalance and
increasing global demand” it will be implementing a GRI for all shipments from North & South East Asia, and the Indian Sub-Continent & Middle East, to Timor-Leste and Darwin. Starting 1 July the increases will be US$250 per 20-foor dry & reefer container, and $500 for 40-foor dry & reefer containers.

Neptune Pacific Direct Line has designated 15 July as the start date for rate rises in the US West Coast-Pacific Islands trade of US$200 per dry TEU, $250 per reefer TEU, $400 per dry FEU and $450 per reefer FEU. The GRI will apply to all tariff or service contract rates on all cargo rates for all commodities.

MSC has announced new destination handling charges for Australian ports for cargo from all origins except China, effective 15 July, and from China 1 August.

Meanwhile, Maersk will increase import/export detention & demurrage rates in Australia by around 20% on 1 July.

“It’s not far off the worst of Covid, with transhipment through South East Asia being priced to match Asia /Europe rates and imports ‘peaking’,” one shipper commented. “The only thing missing is the export shippers have yet to face vessel ‘rolling’ and space/equipment constraints but we may only be weeks away from such events.”