MSC will implement an equipment imbalance surcharge (EBS) for the reefer cargo moving from Europe to Middle East Gulf and Far East.
The Swiss-based container line will charge an EBS of US$200 per dry container from 4 November (booking date) and an EBS of US$500 per reefer box from 10 November (booking date) in the following regions:
- Export NWC (incl. UK, Ireland, Northern Spain & Portugal) to Far East and Middle East
- Export Baltic Countries (incl. Russia) to Far East and Middle East
- Export Scandinavia to Far East and Middle East
- Export West Med Countries to Far East and Middle East
- Export Adriatic Countries (incl. Balkans, South Central Europe) to Far East and Middle East
- Export Greece & Turkey to Far East and Middle East
- Export East Med Countries to Far East and Middle East
- Export Black Sea Countries to Far East and Middle East
MSC said that it will apply the surcharge due to the strong demand for European export reefer containers and the consequent need for costly ad hoc inventory repositioning.
Additionally, the Swiss-based container line has announced an emergency intermodal charge (EIC) for dry cargo moving from the Far East to the US and vice versa, due to the ongoing congestion situation at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.
As from 4 December (gate in date) until further notice, the EIC of US$350 per dry container (20’, 40’, 40’ high container) will be charged on all US inland point shipments with provision of carrier haulage, pre-carriage or on-carriage door service over port rail ramp location shown.
For Los Angeles and Long Beach, the EIC will be applied for carrier haulage, door service along with merchant haulage shipment where container drayage is needed to/from Los Angeles or Long Beach rail to/from Los Angeles terminal depot or Long Beach terminal depot. This charge will not apply to any carrier haulage moves where a client nominated trucker (CNT) is used.
The EIC will apply to the following locations where door moves (truck/rail) routed via any ocean container yard or rail ramp:
- Chicago, Illinois
- Columbus, Ohio
- Cincinnati, Ohio
- Dallas, Texas
- Memphis, Tennessee
- Nashville, Tennessee
- St Louis, Missouri
- St Paul/Minneapolis, Minnesota
Furthermore, MSC will introduce a peak season surcharge (PSS) of US$300 per TEU from 9 November on all cargo moving from China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Korea, Japan and South East Asia to the port of Auckland, New Zealand.