Maersk Line in April imposed general rate increases and reefer charges on several trades in reaction to what it says is a “severe shortage of reefer containers during the reefer season.”
The carrier raised rates by $150 per 40-foot high-cube reefer boxes moving from the United States to the Far East (Brunei, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Timor Leste and Vietnam).
The company said the reefer problem was aggravated by a severe winter in Russia and political turmoil in the Middle East, which have “significantly increased the turn time of our reefer equipment, thus reducing our ability to deploy empty units.” This condition has impacted all carriers, especially in Latin America.
To ensure a steady flow of containers on the east coast of South America, Maersk implemented an “emergency reefer equipment surcharge” of $500 per 40-foot reefer box, effective April 1, on cargo moving from the east coast of South America to any destination in the world.
Maersk’s other reefer rate increases, also effective in April, include:
-- A $200-per-TEU charge from the east coast of Australia to Southeast Asia (Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia and the Philippines).
-- A $150-per-TEU charge from the Far East to West Africa (Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cape Verde Island, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo and Western Sahara).