Ocean Network Express (ONE) has applied a congestion surcharge of US$1300/container at Tianjin’s Xingang port in northern China. This port faces a serious shortage of available reefer plugs as a result of the slow inbound reefer container pick-up activity. This, in turn, is mainly the result of tougher customs inspections.
The surcharge implementation will help ONE to cover additional costs related to the unexpected but necessary arrangement of shipments and associated plug-in charges and monitoring fees.
Container-news.com reports that ONE spokespeople have stated it may need to adjust the original transportation plan for reefer shipments to Xingang port, which may result in an extended period of storage for inbound reefers at transhipment ports or the discharge of reefer containers at an alternative port without prior notice.
In an effort to minimise loss and inconvenience, wherever operationally feasible, ONE shall endeavor to arrange onward transportation from the alternative discharge port to the originally intended destination subject to reefer plug availability, according to a statement.