On June 12th, we reported in our news here that Evergreen would start a congestion surcharge for Rotterdam as an additional to the seafreight, if they deemed it to be necessary after July 9th. This did not happen yet, however:
Today, CMA- CGM announces a surcharge for barge inland moves under carrier haulage as follows:
in the port of Rotterdam we are more & more faced with serious delays in the barge handling at the deepsea terminals, especially at ECT & Euromax.
Waiting times can go up from 2 to 5 calendar days.
In many cases closing times have been missed, as there are hardly any alternatives available. As a consequence, the barge operators are gradually introducing a congestion surcharge, which will be billed to their contractors (freight forwarders, shipping lines, direct customers).
We hereby want to inform you that as from August 1st 2014, CMA CGM will apply a congestion surcharge for all carrier haulage barge shipments to/from Rotterdam:
EUR 15 per container
Various articles on this subject have meantime been published in a.o. “Nieuwsblad Transport”, the dutch shipping newspaper.