May 11 2012
TSA sets US$600/FEU surcharge for Asia-US trade starting June 10
The Transpacific Stabilisation Agreement (TSA) has recommended a US$600 per FEU peak season surcharge for eastbound Asia-US services from June 10.
"The lines see a strong outlook for the coming months, with utilisation already in the 95 per cent range," said TSA executive administrator Brian Conrad said in a statement.
"At the same time, they continue to dig out after a long period of serious financial losses, and want to be sure they are well-positioned to ramp up services as the trade rebounds," Mr Conrad said.
TSA also said the surcharge "is intended to cover extraordinary seasonal costs associated with anticipated cargo surges that can require leasing of vessel and equipment capacity, routing or schedule changes, special port terminal or inland transportation arrangements, added staffing or other measures to cover short-term contingencies."
So far, carriers have succeeded in raising transpacific rates on January 1, March 15 and April 15. According to the weekly Drewry Container rate benchmark, the spot market rate for the cargo booking made by the non-vessel operating common carriers (NVOCC) from Hong Kong to Los Angeles fell to a low point of $1,400 per FEU in December 2011.
The rates started to rebound to about $1,800 per FEU on January 1, and remained the increasing trend to $2,337 per FEU in the week of April 30.
As the normal one-year transpacific service contracts between shippers and carriers start from May 1, the announced peak season surcharge is also designated as a guideline for TSA member carriers in renewing the upcoming contracts.
TSA member carriers include APL, CSCL, CMA CGM, Cosco, Evergreen, Hanjin, Hapag-Lloyd, Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM), "K" Line, Maersk, MSC, NYK, OOCL, Yang Ming and Zim.