Delmas has announced an “emergency port surcharge” for shipments moving through India’s Port of Jawaharlal Nehru (Nhava Sheva), and other major carriers are expected to follow as congestion and delays intensify at the country’s largest box gateway.
Effective immediately, the CMA CGM Group carrier is charging a bottleneck fee of $250 per 20-foot container. “Due to a strike in Nhava Port disrupting shipping operations, Delmas is implementing a port congestion surcharge,” the carrier said in a notice to customers.
The disruptions follow a labor dispute at the Nhava Sheva International Container Terminal operated by DP World. Unionized dockworkers at the private facility launched work slowdowns in early October, followed by a shutdown action last week, to exert pressure on terminal management to approve a new wage contract.
Port officials said that in response to a recent appeal by the private operator, union representatives have now agreed to hold conciliatory talks with the stakeholders aimed at finding an amicable solution to the dispute. “We are hopeful they can resolve the impasse very soon,” officials said.
A local shipping line agent said ongoing port clogging problems in recent weeks have forced many major carriers to skip calls at Nhava Sheva and reroute ships to neighboring ports, disrupting vessel sailing schedules.
NSICT, a public-private partnership between Dubai-based DP World and the Nehru port authority, is one of three container-handling facilities at Nhava Sheva. Nearly 60 percent of India’s total containerized traffic moves through the Nhava Sheva terminals.