Middle East route adds war risk surcharge

- Jul 19, 2019-

The situation in the Middle East and the Persian Gulf region continues to be tense, after Maersk has announced that it will change its navigation route in the region and charge an emergency peak season surcharge (PSS) for all goods exported from China to the Arabian Persian Gulf, effective July 10. .

And CMA CGM has also announced that it will add a $36/TEU war risk surcharge to goods passing through Oman, UAE, Qatar, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia (Daman and Jubail), Kuwait and Iraq from July 5. According to the development of the regional situation, more countries will be included in the scope of collection. For routes between China and the United States and the Middle East, the collection time will be postponed until August 1.

The announcement of the UAE shipping shows that their war risk service fees in the Middle East are as high as $52/TEU, and the effective date is July 7, 2019 (the sailing date).

On July 10, COSCO Shipping Container Transportation Co., Ltd. announced that it will impose an emergency risk surcharge (WRS) on the import and export goods of each port of the Persian Gulf, together with the sea freight. The mainland China to Persian Gulf area of the Persian Gulf route will take effect on August 3, 2019 (the date of shipment), and the amount will be US$50/TEU.

Hapag-Lloyd will implement the Ship Risk Surcharge (VRS) from July 15, 2019, for use in the Arabian Gulf (Bahrain, Iraq, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, the eastern provinces of Saudi Arabia, Daman and Jupiter) The goods in the UAE are: $42/TEU. The cargo surcharge from China will take effect on August 1, 2019.

Mediterranean Shipping imposes war risk surcharges on all goods entering and leaving the Arabian Gulf (Bahrain, Iraq, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia: Dammam, Jubail). From July 8, 2019 to all trade routes (except the United States and China), a $40/TEU war risk surcharge will be imposed, while China and the United States will start to increase from August 1, 2019 (the date of bill of lading). $40/TEU.


APL announced on July 2 that due to the increase in premiums in the Middle East, a war risk surcharge of $36/TEU was imposed.


The targets include all import and export goods from countries in the Middle East, involving countries such as Oman, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia (except Jeddah), Kuwait and Iraq. Fees related to the Chinese market will be charged on August 1.


Panabanda FCL and FCL goods surcharged through the Strait of Hormuz

In order to simplify the customer's formalities, Panalpina, through its internal operator Pantainer Express line, decided to impose a uniform surcharge on all goods passing through the Strait of Hormuz.


For FCL shipments, Panalpina charges $52 per TEU (equivalent to 20 feet).