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Maersk promises simpler shipping

[ December 5, 2012   //   ]

Maersk Line is promising an end to shipping surcharge complexity with a new charging structure that it will phase in during 2013. It says there will be fewer and more transparent charges to make costs easier to understand.

Under phase 1 of its surcharge simplification, which starts on 1 January, basic ocean freight, cargo declaration data fees, Panama or Suez transit fees and river toll charges (where applicable), the carrier security charge and the currency adjustment factor will be rolled into the basic ocean freight.

In phase 2, Maersk promises to clean up “the complex landscape of local surcharges”. Maersk promises to Maintain a broad catalogue of optional, value-adding services, whilst other charges will be combined into a single Service Charge for origin and destination respectively, local regulations permitting.