Carriers Ready Surcharges in Case of US West Coast Disruptions

Hapag-Lloyd at the weekend informed its customers that it will be prepared to levy what could be large congestion surcharges on shipments to and from the United States in the event that work stoppages occur during West Coast longshore contract negotiations this summer.

Negotiations between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association are scheduled to begin on May 12. The current contract will expire on July 1. Hapag-Lloyd stated in a release that it will be prepared to implement a congestion surcharge beginning June 10, if conditions at North American ports generate additional costs for its operations.  read more…

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