(World Maritime News)
Member container shipping lines in the Transpacific Stabilization Agreement (TSA) are proposing an across-the board general rate increase (GRI) of at least US$600 per 40-foot container (FEU) to all destinations, effective September 1. Carriers had filed increases in their individual tariffs in late July and subsequently began notifying customers directly, according to TSA’s press release.
TSA lines said the planned GRI follows strong cargo demand and high vessel utilization levels in recent months, which forward bookings suggest will continue through September. With equipment, inland transport and other cargo handling costs rising steadily, carriers see higher baseline rates going into 2015 as essential to maintaining adequate service levels over time. Read more here.