Freight News, Sea

ONE imposes China reefer surcharge

[ February 14, 2020   //   ]

The ONE shipping consortium is warning that due to slow inbound container pick-up caused by the coronavirus and the extension of the Lunar New Year holidays, some Chinese terminals, especially Xingang (Tianjin) and Shanghai are facing a serious shortage of reefer plugs. This may result in the discharge of reefer containers at an alternative port without prior notice. ONE will however endeavour to arrange onward transportation from the alternative discharge port to the originally intended destination subject to reefer plug availability but encourages customers to consider a changing destination to other ports, especially for time-sensitive cargoes such as fresh, chilled commodities. ONE will also apply a congestion surcharge of US$1,000 per container to cover additional costs for all reefer cargo arriving into Shanghai and Xingang from 15 February onwards.