Further to our news alert on Thursday 10 September (MSC Imposes Port Congestion Surcharge in Sydney), as anticapted, further shipping lines have announced Port Congestion Surcharges in Sydney.
CMA-CGM and ANL has announced they will apply a Port congestion fee on import and export containers from the 17 September 2020 (https://www.anl.com.sg/news/1312/port-congestion-surcharge-sydney). We expect further notification from other carriers during the week.
Our representative body, The Freight and Trade Alliance (FTA), continues to lobby with various state and federal government members and the shipping lines regarding the application and timing of the surcharge. The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development, Michael McCormack, the Minister for Trade Tourism and Investment Simon Birmingham, and the Attorney-General, Christian Porter, have issued this joint media release seeking the parties to quickly resolve dispute to avoid further exacerbating congestion in Sydney ports (Media Release- Sydney Waterfront Industrial Action).
ACA International has also directly objected and protested the fee and sought to have it removed, or at least delayed. CMA-CGM ANL they have advised that it’s not a trade lane specific fee, it impacts on all trade lanes and will be implemented in all trade lanes under direction from their global management.
If there are any changes we will update accordingly.