May 2012




Peak Season Surcharge June 10, 2012 on imports from Asia/U.S. and Canada

Please be advised that the ocean carriers have announced a Peak Season Surcharge (PSS) for all dry cargo originating from all Asia ports including Japan, North Asia and India Sub-Continent destined to all ports to the USA effective June 10, 2012. The PSS is applicable to standard containers, flat rack, opentop, tank, and all other types of special equipment (except reefers) at the following amounts:

A. From all Asia Origins except India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Bangladesh


USD 10.00 per cubic meter

USD 480.00 per 20' container

USD 600.00 per 40' container

USD 675.00 per 40'HC container

USD 760.00 per 45' container


B. From India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Bangladesh


USD 8.00 per cubic meter

USD 360.00 per 20' container

USD 450.00 per 40' container

USD 505.00 per 40'HC container

USD 570.00 per 45' container



If there is a change or mitigation to the PSS by the carriers, we will keep you informed

Ocean Carrier Chassis update

In the past months, more ocean carriers have elected not to provide chassis for your incoming containers at port of discharge. Please note that so far lines including OOCL, Evergreen, CMA-CGM, Hanjin (June 1, 2012), U.S. Lines, Hapag Lloyd, Hyundai, Maersk, Safmarine and NYK (July 1, 2012) have implemented this policy. More and more lines are following this cost cutting procedure due to costly repair and maintenance of the ocean carrier owned chassis pool. This means to you that the trucker picking up your loads will have to use their own chassis. There will be an additional charge for this.

                    International Freight Systems (of WA) LLC Newsletter is a bulletin for customers and partners.  Information contained in this publication has been gathered from a number of public sources that, to the best International Freight Systems’ knowledge, are true and correct.  It is our intent to present only accurate information.  However, in the event any information contained in this newsletter is erroneous, International Freight Systems (of WA) LLC accepts no liability or responsibility.                     For more information on importation and U.S. Customs please click on the below link directly to Customs & Border Protection website:                                For more information on air cargo matters, please click on:           


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