September 2012




Import and Export: Congestion Surcharge effective October 1, 2012 in case of ILA strike on East and Gulf Ports

In order to address the potential risk of significantly increased port congestion as result of any labor related issues on or after October 1, 2012 due to a ILA (International Longshoremen’s Association) strike on the U.S. East Coast and Gulf Ports, all lines are filing a Port Congestion Surcharge (CON) applicable to all ocean shipments to/from ports in the United States and Canada. All contract and tariff rates are subject the Port Congestion Surcharge as filed.

The amounts of the surcharge are:
USD 800 per 20’ container
USD 1000 per 40 STD
USD 1125 per 40’ HC
USD 1266 per 45’ container

It is recognized that labor unrest (including, but not limited to, strikes, lock-outs, work stoppages, or slowdown) at any U.S. port(s) will disrupt all steamship line operations, resulting in labor shortages, congestion, the need to divert shipments to other ports, and/or increased operating costs. Accordingly, all shipments moving to U.S. ports and/or through U.S./Canadian ports shall be subject to a Congestion Charge.

Please note this is a forward filing by the lines as precaution to address the potential forcongestion as result of possible labor actions. Should there be no labor action and subsequent congestiondisrupting operations, the congestion surcharge will be nullified.

Above surcharged will only be charged if there is a strike by the ILA on the US East and Gulf Coasts.

Reminder 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.
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