Service Alerts and Ocean Carrier Charges

Ocean Carrier Congestion Surcharges from Sydney  

While industrial action has been postponed at the DP World Terminals (one of three at Sydney port), the congestion is and will continue affecting the supply chain for some time.  While Sydney is not a typical routing for the export of wine shipments to the USA, it has a trickle-down effect on the sailing schedules and service rotations of the vessels calling Australian and New Zealand ports.  Changes to ocean carrier services and port calls impact the supply and repositioning of flexi grade, reefer and standard container units.

Due to the resulting congestions, ocean carriers have announced congestion surcharges on Sydney routed cargo to/from all trades.  Beginning in October Hapag-Lloyd, CMA-CGM and MSC will start applying congestion surcharges for export cargo from Sydney to the USA at $285-300 per 20’ container and $600 per 40’ container. 

MSC Implements Container Compliance Charge (CCC) on US/Puerto Rico Imports

Citing increased carrier costs for container inspection and repairs, Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) has introduced a container compliance charge (CCC) of USD 8 per 20’ and USD 16 per 40’/45’ container effective October 1st 2020.  The CCC charge does not apply to reefer units, special equipment or shipper-owned units. 

Chassis Issues Continue in Los Angeles / Long Beach

Increasing import volumes since July have strained the supply chain of chassis units at southern California terminals (APM, WBCT, FMS, ETS, TTI, TraPac and PCT).   If you don’t supply your own chassis, the pool of available units has shrunk and in some cases, units are not available when the terminal pickup appointment is secured.  This is the unfortunate combination of volume surges, street turns (when a chassis issued for both an import/export load without returning the unit in between the moves) and longer dwell times at warehouse facilities.

Canadian Summer Season Routing Ends

The seasonal routing of temperature-sensitive shipments from Europe via Montreal is coming to a close with the last vessel arrival on October 23rd.  Please contact your Hillebrand representative for instructions for any future Montreal routing for high-alcohol content product (not temperature-sensitive).

Winter Cargo Care for US Transport in Truck Trailers and Rail

As we move into the cooler seasons, moving domestic cargo over land in the USA will require additional temperature protection. Cargo protection options for US trailer and rail equipment differ from international seafreight container units.  For domestic moves Hillebrand offers temperature controlled equipment for LTL (less than truckload), intermodal and over-the-road shipping.  Temperature-controlled warehousing and storage are also options for both short and long-term needs.

When severe weather conditions and/or cold temperatures are expected at any point along the route from pickup to delivery in US, Hillebrand advises all customers to ship in temperature controlled (heated) equipment for guaranteed protection against freezing.

How can we help you?

Our shipping partner Hillebrand is available to help you discuss how current conditions are affecting your orders and what options to consider for your international and domestic supply chain needs.  Please contact your representative for more information or contact import customer service at +1 732 388 0101.