Contingency Congestion Surcharges by MAERSK LINE caused by the dock strike

By Finance

The biggest container line in the world, Maersk Line, has notified its clients to expect congestion surcharges of US $800 per TEU, $ 1 000 per FEU and $ 1 266 for forty-five-footers if American ports become strike-bound.
Maersk 1st warned about its intention in September with the United States Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) as a prevention after contracts talks among the International Longshoremen’s Association and employers group, the United States Maritime Alliance as negotiations broke down last summer. Since then the risk of strike has loomed again with resumed talks heading for a 29th December, 2012 deadline.
“To address the potential risk of considerably increased port congestion as result of any labour-related problems on or after 29th of December, 2012, Maersk Line filed a port congestion surcharge relevant to all shipments to or from ports in the United States,” statedMaersk in a notice to trade.
“This is also including import shipments to the US which are routed through Canada,” the notice said.
The United States has already faced strict disruption in its 2 biggest ports after clerical employees brought Long Beach and Los Angeles container terminal operations to a halt at most big container amenities.
While the west coast dispute moved closer to resolution, east coast agreement talks are threatening to erupt into a strike, even though word from the discussion table is that things are going well – just as word was positive before talks last broke down last summer.