Port Congestion Surcharge — Effective 11/27

by admin

November 17th, 2017




Dear Valued Customer,


In the aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, the transportation industry in continental United States and Puerto Rico has been impacted by increased demand and changes to the supply chain. This has resulted in driver shortage, directly increasing trucking and operational costs.


Shipping volumes have increased resulting in a higher demand for equipment and drivers at higher costs to get the job done. Additionally, during the last 4 weeks, ocean carrier terminals have experienced unusual congestion affecting the turn time of drivers to pick up and return containers.


We continue adding trucking partner carriers with more competitive pricing and continue recruiting in house drivers to get empty containers pulled as soon as they are available in Jacksonville. Despite of our efforts, we have not been able to bypass the extended wait times.  With the holidays quickly approaching, and the volumes now at peak levels, the congestion has become unavoidable.


We can no longer absorb these additional costs. As such, we are passing an Emergency Port Congestion Surcharge effective Monday, November 27th, as follows:


Full Container Loads                                                       $150.00 per container

Less than Container Loads                                            $15.00  per shipment


We will monitor the situation carefully and reduce or remove the Port Congestion Surcharge. We value your business and continued support, and of course will adjust all surcharges as the environment changes.


If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to a customer service or sales representative.


Thank you,


Caribbean Shipping Services

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