ANL and CMA CGM announced yesterday that they would implement an Auckland port congestion surcharge of USD 200 per 20ft and USD 400 per 40ft onto their destination port charge fees.
The fee will apply to vessels Export cargo for all vessels (non-USA trades) departing Auckland on or after 17 November
Import cargo to Auckland for all vessels (non-USA trades) departing origin on or after 17 November
Export cargo for all vessels (USA trades) departing Auckland on or after 3 December
Import cargo to Auckland for all vessels (USA trades) received at origin on or after 3 December
ANL and CMA CGM has cited ongoing port congestion caused by a combination of factors as their reasoning and it will apply until further notice.
The application of port congestion fees by shipping lines is not uncommon and has been applied in ports around the world in the past when severe congestion has occurred.
Unfortunately, at present the surcharge applies and will be passed on when applied by ANL and CMA CGM.
At this point ANL and CMA CGM is the only carrier to introduce a port congestion surcharge however it is probable that other shipping lines will also apply a congestion surcharge based around the continuing issues plaguing Auckland
ACA International will keep you informed of any further updates on the application of Auckland port congestion surcharges.