Container Shipping Major Adds Congestion Surcharge in China!

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  • Ocean Network Express announced reefer containers to be discharged at an alternative port without prior notice.
  • Due to shortage of reefer plugs availability, ONE may adjust the transportation plan for reefer shipments to Xingang (Tianjin) and Shanghai.
  • ONE has also decided to apply a congestion surcharge (CGD) of US$1,000 per container to cover additional costs with immediate effect. 
  • Customers encouraged to consider a change of destination to other alternative ports, especially for time-sensitive cargoes.

ONE has decided to apply a congestion surcharge (CGD) of US$1,000 per container to cover additional costs, reports Container News.

Change in transportation plan 

Due to shortage of reefer plugs availability, Ocean Network Express (ONE) announced that it may need to adjust the original transportation plan for reefer shipments to Xingang (Tianjin) and Shanghai.

Slow container pick-up activity

This shortage is a result of the slow inbound container pick-up activity caused by the outbreak of Novel Coronavirus and the extension of the Lunar New Year holidays. 

In such cases, this may result in the discharge of reefer containers at an alternative port without prior notice, explains ONE.

Congestion surcharge

ONE has also decided to apply a congestion surcharge (CGD) of US$1,000 per container to cover additional costs. 

Immediate effect

This measure is effective immediately for all reefer cargo arriving into Shanghai and Xingang from 15 February 2020 onwards, and for regulated trades the effective date will be 14 March 2020 until further notice.

Time-sensitive cargoes 

The company says in an effort to minimise loss and inconvenience, it shall arrange onward transportation from the alternative discharge port to the originally intended destination subject to reefer plug availability.

ONE encourages customers to consider a change of destination to other alternative ports, especially for time-sensitive cargoes such as fresh, chilled commodities.

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Source: Container News

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