Alert: Potential Ocean Carrier Congestion Surcharge

There is a heightened possibility of labor unrest (strikes, lockouts, work stoppages or slowdowns) as the June 30 deadline to resolve ILWU-PMA negotiations draws closer. Such events could create significant port congestion and interfere with the normal course of operations to and from all U.S. ports.

In anticipation of a potential labor disruption, all steamship lines have preemptively filed a Congestion Surcharge. This is only a forewarning to keep our customers informed of the situation. The surcharge has yet to be implemented and may not come to pass.

If implemented, the following surcharges will apply to all cargo received by ocean carriers on or after May 1:

LCL (CBM or W/M): $18

20' (all types): $800

40' (all types): $1,000

40'HC (all types): $1,125

45' (all types): $1,266

53' (all types): $

If the surcharge is activated, it will continue to be assessed until the ocean carriers provide notice that the operational impact of labor disruption has ended. This charge shall be payable on a freight collect basis for import shipments or on a freight prepaid basis for export shipments (unless otherwise agreed by carrier and 

Again, this surcharge has not yet taken effect and should only be implemented if a labor disruption takes place at U.S. 


Please contact your AIT account executive or AIT's ocean operations experts for more information.

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