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Port Congestion Charges Announced If ILA Strikes

With the possibility of a strike at East and Gulf Coast ports, some carriers have announced a “Port Congestion Charge” that would take effect at the end of September if ports shut down as a result of the labor dispute. The effective date of the surcharge will be triggered by the Gate In Date / Received Date at origin.

This surcharge will potentially affect all cargo moving into and out of the USA and Canada regardless of trade lane, but will be rescinded if the ports stay open. The majority of the surcharges announced have been:

  • $800 for a 20-foot container
  • $1000 for a 40-foot container
  • $1125 for a 40-foot high-cube
  • $1266 for a 45-foot container

Below are the carriers we have received notification from so far:

Carrier Effective Date LCL 20-foot container 40-foot container 40-foot high-cube 45-foot container
YML 26-Sep-12 $800 $1,000 $1,125 $1,266
Maersk 30-Sep-12 $800 $1,000 $1,125 $1,266
NYK 1-Oct-12 $1,000 $1,000 $1,000 $1,000
Matson 1-Oct-12 $500 $500 $500 $500
OOCL 1-Oct-12 $600 $750 $845 $950
Evergreen 1-Oct-12 $800 $1,000 $1,125 $1,266
Shipco 1-Oct-12 $20 w/m
Vanguard 1-Oct-12 $20 w/m
Cosco 3-Oct-12 $800 $1,000 $1,125 $1,266
CMA 5-Oct-12 $800 $1,000 $1,100 $1,266
USL 5-Oct-12 $800 $1,000 $1,100 $1,266
Hanjin $800 $1,000 $1,000 $1,000
HMM $1,000 $1,000 $1,000 $1,000

MIQ Logistics Comment

MIQ Logistics will continue to monitor the situation and update you as needed. We are prepared to assist in your contingency planning, should you wish to accelerate your deliveries; divert shipments to West Coast, Mexican or Canadian ports; switch to airfreight; or, simply stay the course. For additional information please contact your local MIQ Logistics representative.