Update: Sydney Port Congestion Surcharge

Further shipping lines announce Sydney Port Congestion Surcharges
Pacific Asia Express (PAE), Hapag Lloyd and TS Lines have followed suit and announced a congestion surcharge applicable from the below dates: PAE (USD$300 per TEU)- Effective 21st September for export cargo departing from this date PAE (USD$300 per TEU) – Effective 1st October for import cargo arriving from this date Hapag Lloyd (USD$300 per TEU) – Effective immediately TS Lines (USD$280.00 per TEU) – Effective for import cargo only arriving from 28th September Unfortunately with the shipping lines implementing a congestion surcharge this will increase LCL rates by approximately USD$14.00 per m3 into Sydney. This increase will only be charged on LCL bookings utilising the above carriers.

Maersk Sydney update
Due to the ongoing congestion issues and industrial action in Sydney, Maersk have temporarily ceased accepting any bookings to Sydney until October 1st . On a positive note Maersk have announced that the free time detention period on containers falling due from September 17 through September 23 will be extended by an additional 7 days.   

Vessels Omitting Sydney
As a result of the issues affecting Sydney port and in an effort to avoid further delays to their schedules, some lines have decided to omit Sydney all together and discharge their containers in Melbourne and Brisbane. We strongly suggest you check with your cargo insurers if your policy will cover such an event and be prepared for additional delays and costs. If any of our Sydney customers are affected, our customer service team will be in touch as soon as possible.