The new rates are intended to complement previously announced minimum service contract rates, also effective May 1, as part of TSA’s overall 2015-16 revenue program, said the organization in an emailed release.
The new Asia-U.S. market rate minimums are proposed in the following amounts:
- US$2,050 per FEU for U.S. West Coast container yard (CY) shipments via California ports
- US$2,100 per FEU for U.S. West Coast CY shipments via Pacific Northwest ports
- US$4,100 per FEU for U.S. East and Gulf Coast CY cargo
- US$4,400 per FEU for intermodal moves to key Midwestern U.S. interior points
“While most cargo in the trade continues to move under contract, more customers use the short-term market as a hedge for certain commodities and types of shipments,” said TSA executive administrator Brian Conrad. “Given current cost pressures, it is essential that carriers address both market segments simultaneously for the coming year.”
Conrad stressed that carriers remain committed to a scheduled April 9 GRI and to the May 1 minimums for new contracts. Further GRIs are likely for the summer peak period, beginning in June, with details to follow.
TSA is a research and discussion forum of major container shipping lines serving the trade from Asia to ports and inland points in the U.S. TSA members include APL, China Shipping Container Lines, CMA-CGM, COSCO Container Lines, Evergreen Line, Hanjin Shipping Co., Hapag-Lloyd, Hyundai Merchant Marine, Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Maersk Line, Mediterranean Shipping Co., Nippon Yusen Kaisha, Orient Overseas Container Line, Yangming Marine Transport, and Zim Integrated Shipping Services.
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