With immediate effect all LCL co-loaders appear to be charging additional PSS (Peak Season Surcharges) for import sailings from China, Hong, Taiwan & India. Currently this is somewhere between $25wm and $34wm in some cases. This is a response to container shipping lines putting up their container prices day by day, literally overnight, without the usual 2 week notice period historically given by the lines, a reaction to capacity and equipment shortages.
Felixstowe remains the largest container port in the UK currently and is where approx. 80-90% of import LCL cargoes are destined. The current local issues remain with low port staff numbers and low trailer transport driver numbers – collection and delivery slots for containers still require booking 3 weeks out to secure delivery slots. These problems are compounded by seasonal weather strikes and European port congestion meaning arrival delays as vessels miss their berthing slots, in some cases having to put back to sea and come back to Felixstowe many days later : the management of vehicle booking slots has to therefore be monitored daily.
As a response to increased demurrage and quay rent charges being paid out by co-loaders to the port, as they can not retrieve containers off the quay quick enough, all co-loaders are charging an emergency surcharge of £4wm.
All surcharges are effective until further notice & will be levied where applicable to EFS import supply chain services by LCL from the Far East.