Removal of Sydney Port Congestion Charges
Positive news regarding the Port Congestion Charge at Sydney Port.
These charges originally introduced by the shipping lines, due to industrial action are finally being removed.
As of yesterday and continuing through to April, shipping lines will no longer be charging these a port congestion charge.
Hamburg Sud has released a notice withdrawing their Sydney Port Congestion Surcharge. This surcharge is applicable to all cargo loaded or received for shipment on vessels with an estimated time of departure on 15 March 2021.
“Over the past months we have been facing significant schedule disruption as a result of the Sydney congestion,” Hamburg Sud explains in their release.
As the “Operational situation in Sydney is improving, with vessel schedules expected to stabilise in March.” Hamburg Sud has decided to remove their congestion surcharge.
Maersk has released a notice withdrawing their Sydney Port Congestion Surcharge. The Congestion Fee on origin and destination will be removed to cargo with Price Calculation Date (PCD) effective 15 March 2021.
“The operational situation in Sydney is improving, with vessels schedules expected to stabilise from mid-March.” Maersk says.
Hapag-Lloyd has withdrawn their Sydney Port Congestion Surcharge. This measure is applicable to all import and export shipments to and from Sydney, with effect from booking tariffing date March 22, 2021.
ANL / CMA CGM
ANL / CMA CGM has removed their Sydney Port Congestion Surcharge. Effective for all ANL & CMA CGM cargo loading on or after March 17th, 2021 for both import and export shipments. The message from CMA CGM is as follows:
“Please be advised that the Sydney Port Congestion Surcharge is to be withdrawn.
Effective for ANL & CMA CGM cargo loading on or after March 17th 2021, for both import and export shipments, the USD 285 per TEU fee will no longer be charged.
We thank you for your ongoing support through this period.”
The Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) has released information removing their Sydney Port Congestion Surcharge.
This measure is applicable to all exported cargo from any origin except Canada, the USA and Mexico to all Australian ports as from 11 March 2021 (booking date).
“As the port operations in all the Australian ports are resuming as normal, MSC has decided to withdraw the Congestion Surcharge (CGS) which was implemented for all cargo moving to any Australian ports” MSC states.
On the flip side though, we have received news that DP World have announced that on 1 May 2021 they will introduce further increases for both import and export containers effecting Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.
FTA & APSA will be meeting with the Victorian Minister for Ports and Freight, the Hon. Melissa Horne to discuss the surcharges and fees that the shipping lines, stevedores and empty container parks keep implementing and their effects on the market.