FMC warns on labour unrest over container congestion surcharge

The US’ Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) has clarified its tariff rules as container lines warn of congestion surcharges.

In response to “numerous enquiries” about the surcharges, the FMC restated the rules on imposing surcharges, “Unless done pursuant to a waiver or exemption, any tariff rule (including surcharges) of a common carrier that results in an increased cost to a shipper may not be effective earlier than 30 days after publication.”

In a statement last week, the Transpacific Stabilisation Agreement (TSA) announced congestion congestion surcharges of up to $1,000 per FEU for boxes moving through US West Coast ports.

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