Heavy rain and thunderstorms in recent weeks have caused havoc across China, with floods along major rivers destroying bridges, blocking roads and railways and forcing thousands of residents to evacuate. As a result, waiting times in impacted ports, including Shanghai and Ningbo, have increased considerably.
Please note: Implementation of this surcharge has been delayed by 2 weeks until 17 April, 2017.
We have received advice from DP World of their intention to apply a Port Infrastructure Surcharge on all containers handled in and out of their wharf terminals in Melbourne and Sydney, to be applicable for any movements on or after April 3rd 2017. DP World are one of the two major stevedores operating wharf terminals and associated infrastructure in Melbourne and Sydney.
In Melbourne the Infrastructure Surcharge (Port Access fee) has increased from $3 to $32.60 per container, while in Sydney the per container fee will increase from $0 to $21.14 for all containers delivered through the terminal (import & export).
These charges will be levied via the 1-Stop Vehicle Booking System or via the rail operator, and we believe will be reflected as a surcharge to the local transport costs for any movements through DP World.
DP World has blamed the fee increases largely on “occupancy costs”. We have not (yet) received any advice from the other major wharf terminal operator/stevedore that they also intend to levy a similar charge.
Our industry representative body is in discussion with DP World regarding the validity and application of this surcharge to the direct users of the terminal, rather than having them pass the cost on to their customers, which are the shipping lines.
We will advise immediately should any of this fee proposal change.
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