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Asian exports hit with CMA CGM surcharges as box shortage bites

Further evidence, if it was needed, of the chronic shortage of containers in Asia was seen today when the Marseilles-based CMA CGM announced that it would apply surcharges for cargo to the Mediterranean and Africa from Far Eastern ports of origin.

Applicable from 15 November the carrier will levy a peak season surcharge as follows:

  • Origin Range: From all Asian ports
  • Destination Range: To all Mediterranean & North Africa ports
  • Cargo: all cargo
  • Date of application: From 15 November, date of loading in the origin ports, until further notice
  • Amounts: US$300/20' and US$600/40' container (for Syria: €300/20' | €600/40').

In addition, all cargo loaded in 40’ high cube containers from 16 November originating in Asian ports, including China, Taiwan, South Korea, South East Asia, East Coast of India, Bangladesh & Sri Lanka (but excluding Japan), heading for the African West Coast, East Coast and South Africa, will be subject to a US$200/container surcharge.

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