Freight costs on shipments from India to West Africa will go up substantially effective July 1 following a port congestion surcharge announcement by Maersk Line.
Maersk, the largest liner operator to and from India, said Tuesday it will impose a congestion surcharge of $1,100 per 20-foot/40-foot equivalent unit on cargo bound for Matadi, Democratic Republic of Congo.
The company said the surcharge is necessary "to continue providing reliable services to customers amid serious congestion problems at the Port of Pointe-Noire."
CSAV Norasia will implement a general rate increase on the westbound trades from India to Europe and the Mediterranean, starting July 1.
The proposed increase will be $250 per 20-foot equivalent unit. It will apply to both dry and reefer cargoes destined for ports in North Europe, East/West Mediterranean, North Africa and Red Sea.
The Chile-based carrier said the GRI is necessary to provide reliable and efficient services to customers.