CMA CGM imposing congestion surcharges in Cape Town

Container shipping line CMA CGM has told customers that it would be imposing emergency congestion surcharges at Cape Town port in July, following disruptions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

In a letter seen by Reuters, the company said that from July 1st it would be imposing a surcharge of $550 for 20ft containers and reefers and a $1,100 surcharge for 40ft containers and reefers.

CMA CGM’s letter was dated June 17th but appears only to have leaked this week. In it the company said that “port congestion at Cape Town is currently increasing our operational costs and generating severe service disruption for weeks.

The surcharge on cargo will apply until further notice for non-Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) trade. FMC trade will only pay the surcharge from July 18th.