JAPANESE FEES TRIGGER SURCHARGE BY TWRA

JAPANESE FEES TRIGGER SURCHARGE BY TWRA

The rate-making group for the outbound trans-Pacific shipping market said it has added a surcharge to compensate for added charges in Japanese Harbor.

The San Francisco-based TransPacific Westbound Rate Agreement said the charge went intoeffect June 10 for cargo moving from North America to Japan.Carriers say they are being assessed by the Japan Harbor Transportation Association for that group's Harbor Management Fund. This in turn has prompted the TWRA to assess the Japan Harbor Fund Management Surcharge against shippers.

The charge will amount to 75 yen by weight, measure or weight/measure as freighted; 930 yen a 20-foot container or its equivalent; 1,350 yen a 40-foot or 45-foot container; 110 yen for autos rated on a per-unit basis; and 75 yen by weight for cargo otherwise rated.

The dollar is currently trading at approximately 153 yen. The Japanese fund was established on Oct. 1, 1989, to cover strategic planning, work force restructuring, business development and lobbying efforts. On April 1, the Japanese group extended the charges through March 31, 1991.

Ronald B. Gottshall, TWRA managing director, said in a prepared statement that the Japanese charges against carriers were significant and beyond the group's control.