Ocean Carriers Announce Door Delivery Surcharge

Citing very challenging circumstances within the US trucking industry and difficulty locating draymen, two steamship lines, Hyundai and CMA/CGM, have announced they will be implementing a door delivery surcharge for all shipments in which they are responsible for container door deliveries. This surcharge of $300 per container, effective March 16, 2018 (CMA/CGM) and April 6, 2018 (Hyundai), is intended to offset the ocean carriers’ costs incurred for situations in which the ocean carrier is responsible for providing or arranging container door delivery service. This surcharge will NOT apply to moves where the door delivery is being arranged by a party other than the ocean carrier. We expect all ocean carriers will be making similar announcements in short order.

The above announcements come on the heels of Atlantic Container Lines (ACL) announcing on February 19, 2018 that they would no longer be providing door pickup or door delivery services for containers originating in Chicago, IL or St Paul, MN.

As we discussed in a previous post, the trucking situation continues to be a challenge for all parties involved in the intermodal industry. New electronic logging regulations, an industry shortage of drivers, and an increase in import volumes have all contributed to rising transportation costs. C J International is working very closely with our door delivery truckers to minimize the impact on our clients. We will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as changes occur. Please contact your C J account manager to discuss any questions or concerns.

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