We thought that we are long enough in shipping to know all the stories, charges, surcharges etc, but this is a new one, even for us… “Operation Cost Recovery” surcharge…. Whooow! Normally, shouldn’t the business action cover your cost? If not, you need to raise the prices. Do we miss something? See here:





Customer Advisory #25 – 2015 OPERATION COST RECOVERY (OCR)
Land Bridge West Coast Surcharge
Effective March 25, 2015



Dear Valued Customer,

Effective March 25, 2015, unless otherwise specified, an OPERATION COST RECOVERY (OCR) surcharge will apply to tariff and contract rates for cargo moving to final inland point destinations as outlined below.

The implementation of this Operation Cost Recovery surcharge is to help recover additional costs incurred in connection with extra expenses for repositioning equipment out of USWC depots and shall apply whether Oncarriage is included in base rate or applied under a construction basis as follow:

FROM: North Europe, Northern France, Ireland, United Kingdom, Scandinavia, Poland, Baltic, East Mediterranean and Alexandria, (excluding other Egypt ports), West Mediterranean, North Africa, Morocco, Adriatic, Black Sea, or Portugal Ports of Load and points via same ports


TO: Final Inland point destinations in listed states routed
VIA Houston, New York, or Norfolk, Port of discharge
Final inland destinations in the states of:
– Washington
– Oregon
– California
– Montana
– Idaho
– Nevada
– Utah
– Arizona
– Colorado


Operation Cost Recovery surcharge shall apply in the amount of USD 600 per container.
This charge will apply to all Cargo which are received and moving under a CMA CGM bill of lading on or after March 25, 2015.
Thank you for your continued support. Should you have any questions or concerns regarding this change, please contact your local CMA CGM (America) LLC sales representative. For current schedule activity please visit our Web site at www.cma-cgm.com.
Best regards,
CMA CGM (America) LLC