Very surprising, but CMA is suspending their Port Congestion Surcharge for the US West Coast. We already asked ourselves, what the legal base was to charge customers now. Weeks ago customers shipped their cargo, were they warned at that stage that a possible congestion surcharge would be levied? Were customers aware of that danger? Why wouldn t the carriers just invoke the “act of God” or “force meilleure” clause in the Bills of lading and do a possible billing on that base?
Anyway, here the CMA circular as per the headline:
Customer Advisory #109 – 2014
Port Congestion Surcharge
Dear Valued Customer,
CMA CGM will suspend the implementation of the Import Port Congestion Surcharge noted on our advisory #109-2014 until further notice.
We thank you for your understanding and patience during this challenging situation, and assure you that we are doing everything in our power to continue to keep your supply chain moving as quickly and efficiently as is possible under the circumstances.
Should you have any questions regarding this surcharge, please contact your CMA CGM sales representative.