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Update on Congestion Surcharges

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Update on Congestion Surcharges

Yang Ming and OOCL have notified their customers of a decision to suspend at least temporarily, their decision to impose congestion surcharges on the West Coast ports. Although nothing has been announced, other carriers may follow suit and announce their intentions to postpone as well.

It is not anticipated that a decision from the Federal Maritime Commission will be forthcoming anytime this week.  You are urged to continue to stay in contact with your carriers to determine if or when they decide to move forward with implementing these charges.

Congestion Surcharges Scheduled to Begin November 26

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Congestion Surcharges Scheduled to Begin November 26

Many carriers have announced their intention to begin implementing surcharges beginning as early as tomorrow.  As mentioned previously, the Federal Maritime Commission still needs to determine whether these surcharges are lawful.

The following have made announcements to commence these fees:

  • APL
  • China Shipping
  • Evergreen
  • Hanjin
  • Hyundai
  • Maersk
  • Mediterranean
  • MOL
  • MSC
  • NYK
  • UASC
  • Zim

If you have any questions concerning these matters you should contact your legal counsel.



FMC Ruling on Port Congestion Surcharges

Tuesday, November 18, 2014


FMC Ruling on Port Congestion Surcharges


Continuing with the ongoing LA/LB congestion and the concerns of the surcharges being assessed to containers, the FMC has ruled that carriers cannot properly assess any congestion or other surcharges on cargo that was in their possession or control at the time the implementation of the surcharges was in place.  All companies should be aware of this FMC ruling and consult with their own counsel if necessary to determine what position to take at this time. 

“Unless done pursuant to a waiver or exemption, any tariff rule (including surcharges) of a common carrier that results in an increased cost to a shipper may not be effective earlier than 30 days after publication. 46 U.S.C.§ 40501(e) and 46 CFR § 520.8. Many carriers previously published in their tariffs advance or conditional notice of an intention to implement surcharges in the event certain conditions are experienced. All such carrier tariff rules, however, must be clear and definite as to the implementation and termination of the surcharge based upon specific criteria related to “labor unrest.”‘

See the Federal Maritime Commission website for more information: