Maersk plans January increases totaling $1,000 per 40-foot container

Maersk says it will attempt a GRI of $540 per 20-foot container and $600 per 40-foot container, on all of its trans-Pacific cargo. The carrier plans an additional peak-season surcharge of $320 per 20-footer and $400 per 40-footer on all dry and reefer shipments.

Total charges on a 20-foot container will be $860, while 40-foot containers will see rate increases of $1,000 and 45-foot containers will be subject to a $1,270 increase.

The customer advisory is the first GRI announced for January on the trans-Pacific route. Maersk’s plans for a Dec. 15 trans-Pacific GRI of $1,000 were followed two weeks later by identical increases by the the 14 other members of the  Transpacific Stabilization Agreement.

Members of the TSA are hoping a historically high $1,000-per-FEU rate increase on Dec. 15 will help boost trans-Pacific eastbound rates, which have slipped over 18 percent in the last three weeks.

TSA carriers were also attempted a Nov. 15 GRI of $600 per 40-foot container.  Drewry's benchmark Hong Kong to Los Angeles index jumped by $300 that week.

Separately, 13 carriers that announced plans to implement port congestion surcharges on trans-Pacific cargo have promised the Federal Maritime Commission they would hold off on the charge until after the new year. Carriers say they’re incurring heavy operating losses because of congestion at West Coast ports.