First it gets announced, then it gets cancelled, now the PCS is coming up again? Now the wording is changed to cargo that they receive after November 26th, before it was the sudden annoucement that any cargo discharged after November….






Customer Advisory #115 – 2014
Port Congestion Surcharge
USWC Imports
Effective November 26, 2014

Dear Valued Customer,
As we have previously communicated, the labor situation on the West Coast has been deteriorating for several weeks. We continue to experience reduced productivity and difficulties obtaining labor to work our ships. These labor slowdowns are exacerbating existing congestion in the PSW and creating new congestion in Oakland and the PNW. These conditions have made it necessary to implement our congestion surcharge.

CMA CGM will implement the port congestion surcharge for all cargo destined to USWC ports of discharge and received on or after November 26. This surcharge will be applicable for CY and IPI cargo movements.
As the situation on the USWC remains very unpredictable, CMA CGM will reassess on a weekly basis and advise whether the charge remains in effect or will be suspended for cargo received for each USWC port during that week. These applicability/suspension dates will be published in our tariff, communicated via customer advisories, and will be posted to our website,
As a reference, the surcharge amounts in effect are as follows:



Size Type Level (USD)
20’ (all types) $800

40’ (all types) $1000

20′ HC (all types) USD 1100

45’ (all types) $1266

53’ (all types) $1600


Thank you for your patience and understanding as we all jointly try to work through the current congestion challenges on the USWC.
Best regards,