It will cost more to ship exports to Asia based on recent action of member container lines in the Westbound Stabilization Agreement.
Beginning Jan. 1, 2001, most customers are likely to see an initial increase in the charge they now pay by about $45-65 per 40-foot container and equivalent amounts for other equipment sizes. This will offset increased fuel costs.
In addition, the practice of providing customers with truck chassis to deliver their container cargo to U.S. port locations has become too costly and inefficient. Transpacific shipping lines will now add a $40 chassis charge to cover a portion of expenses.
Carriers said the charge is intended to address direct chassis-related costs, as distinct from detention of a unit beyond a reasonable time period.