11 December 2014
From 1 January 2015, the EU (European Union) is introducing a requirement for Shipping Lines to stop using Fuel with a Sulphur content of 1%, and move to "Low Sulphur" fuels with a content of no more than 0.1%. The purpose of this is to reduce damage to the environment caused by the current heavy fuel oil that shipping lines use. Saving the environment does come with a cost and having better grade oil will cost more.
Each shipping line is responding with a different level of recovery fee, but generally speaking there will be an extra EUR31.00 per 20' and EUR62.00 per 40’ collected on each container. This fee is going to be called a "Low Sulphur Surcharge" and is set separately to the usual Bunker surcharge (or BAF as it is known).
Vessels departing Europe after 1 January 2015 will be obliged to collect this fee, so from 1 January 2015 you will see this fee on your invoice. For LCL cargo we will be recovering the fee in the amount of EUR1.00 per cbm.
Not only is the Europe doing their bit to save the environment, but North America will also change to the new fuel. This will also implement a “Low Sulphur Surcharge” in mid-December 2014. For LCL cargo we will be recovering the fee in the amount of USD 2 per cbm.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact your Malcolm Total Logistics representative on 0800 786 786.
News added by: Morne Ferreira on 11 December 2014