Hapag-Lloyd said Friday it will apply a port congestion surcharge on shipments moving through India’s Port of Jawaharlal Nehru (Nhava Sheva), making it the second carrier to do so in a month.
“The port conditions at Nhava Sheva have further deteriorated resulting in poor productivity and other operational issues. In order to maintain our level of service, Hapag-Lloyd will implement a port congestion surcharge for all cargoes and containers from Asia and Oceania to/via Nhava Sheva,” the German carrier said.
The planned surcharge effective Aug. 15 will be $80 per 20-foot equivalent unit. The announcement follows a $60 per-TEU surcharge Singapore-based APL imposed on all intra-Asia cargo bound for Nhava Sheva discharge. APL’s surcharge is slated to take effect Aug. 7.
India’s largest container port has been plagued over the past few weeks by serious operational problems caused by the ongoing equipment modernization program at the port-run terminal, forcing ocean carriers to skip calls and divert traffic to Mundra. At the same time, the port authority described the surcharge announcements as “unwarranted” and called on shipping lines to reconsider their decision in the overall interest of trade.