CMA CGM add fog surcharge for shipments from Qingdao Port
Shipments to Northern Europe will be charged US$125 per TEU
Recent delays at Qingdao Port, associated with the notorious fog season, has prompted shipping liner CMA CGM to add a fog surcharge for shipments docking at the port heading for Northern Europe.
Shipments heading to the Baltics, Russia and the UK will face surchages of US$125 per TEU.
Since June 19th the dense fog has forced the Chinese port to close an average of 15 hours a day, causing at times more than 100 ships waiting for berth at anchorage.
“The operational situation in the Port of Qingdao is not improving,” the French shipping line said.
“In the last four weeks the port has been closed on average three days per week. The dense fog does not allow ship’s berthing and normal terminal operations. The time lost has to be recovered through a significant increase of fuel consumption resulting from a higher speed and from call omissions, generating additional feeder expenses,” CMA CGM added.
The shipping line told IFW that once the situation had been normalized at the Port of Qingdao then the surcharges will be removed.