Sea freight surcharges are charges added to sea freight in the shipping line or union’s tariff.

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The purpose of these surcharges is to compensate the shipping line for additional costs or revenue reduction due to certain reasons (such as changing fuel prices, outbreak of war, etc.).

These surcharges are subject to change, and in some cases, new surcharge notices are provided to shippers very shortly before they are applied.

When calculating the total cost, the shipper should pay attention to avoid omitting the surcharges that the shipping line is applying on the transport route through which the shipment will go.

For first-time goods owners importing to Vietnam, they often do not know.

Many customers of my company import goods to Vietnam under CIF or CNF terms, excluding surcharges at Vietnamese ports. Until I knew I had to pay local charges to the shipping company to get the delivery order, I was bewildered because I didn’t understand. There are cases where there are still dozens of people asking why the seller paid all the shipping fees without sea, now the shipping company collects more? At that time, I often explained that it was a fee charged by the shipping company, and had nothing to do with my company’s customs clearance and road transport services. And the shipper has no choice but to pay the shipping company.

Sea freight surcharges – common charges

In the next section, I will list the common surcharges in container shipping by sea for your convenience and reference.

COD (Change of Destination): Surcharge for change of destination is a surcharge collected by shipping lines to offset costs incurred in case the goods owner requests to change the destination port, such as: loading and unloading fees, island transfer fees, container storage fees, road transportation…

DDC (Destination Delivery Charge): Delivery surcharge at the port of destination Unlike the name suggests, this surcharge has nothing to do with the actual delivery of the goods to the consignee, but actually the shipowner collects this fee to compensate. the cost of unloading the goods from the ship, arranging the container in the port (terminal) and the entrance fee to the port. The shipper does not have to pay this fee as it is incurred at the port of destination.PCS (Panama Canal Surcharge): Panama Canal Surcharge This surcharge applies to goods transported through the Panama Canal.

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PCS (Port Congestion Surcharge) This surcharge applies when there is a congestion at the port of loading or unloading, which can delay the ship, leading to related costs for the shipowner (because of the time value of both ships). the ship is quite big).

PSS (Peak Season Surcharge): Peak Season Surcharge This surcharge is usually applied by shipping lines during the peak season from August to October, when there is a sharp increase in demand for transporting finished goods for cargo preparation. for Christmas and Thanksgiving Day season in US and European market.

SCS (Suez Canal Surcharge): Suez Canal Surcharge This surcharge applies to goods transported through the Suez Canal

WRS (War Risk Surcharge): War Surcharge This surcharge is collected from shippers to offset costs incurred due to war risks, such as insurance premiums…

Sea freight surcharge – rare types

Code Full English name A.P. Additional Premium A.V.R. Ad Valorem Rate ACC Alameda Corridor Charge ACI Advance Commercial Information Charge ADM.C Administration Charge ADMSED Administration Fee AGC Aden Gulf Surcharge ARBI/D Outport Arbitrary At Port Of Discharging ARBI/L Outport Arbitrary At Port Of Loading ARBIT Arbitrary, outport arbitrary BAC Bunker Charge BAF Bunker Adjustment Factor BC CTS Bc Carbon Tax Surcharge BLSF B/L Surrender Fee BSCS Bosphorus Strait Container Surcharge BSFS Baltic Sea Fuel Surcharge BUACS Bulk Agriculture Commodity Surcharge C.A.S. CA surcharge (carrier supply artificial atmosphere) C.C.C. Container Cleaning Charge C.R.C. Container (or equipment) Reposition Charge C.S./D Congestion Surcharge at Port Of Discharging C.S./L Congestion Surcharge at Port Of Loading C.S.C. Container Service Charge C.T.S. Cold Treatment Service (fruit fly infectiation) C.Y.C. Container Yard Charge CAF Currency Adjustment Factor CAF/D Currency Adjustment Factor At Port Of Discharging CAF/L Currency Adjustment Factor At Port Of Loading CAMAF Amendment Fee For Advance Cargo Information Charge CAPTZA Capatazia Charge in Brazil (local thc) CBR Critical Bunker Recovery CCFRA Advance Cargo And Conveyance Reporting Fee CESS Shipping Association Charge At Jamaica CFAC Chittagong Feeder Additional Charge COD Change of Destination CSC Administrative Charge CSI Container Security Charge CSS Container Seals Charges CUS.C Customs Clearance CUST Custom Charges D.O.F. Discount Ocean Freight D/F Documentation Fee D/F.D Documentation Fee at Port of Discharge D/F.L Documentation Fee at Port of Loading DCF Detention Contribution Fee (israel only) DETN Container Detention DG.ADD Dangerous Cargo Additional Charge DG.M D.g. Mis-declaration DGRAIL Hazardous Cargo Rail Charge DIH Delivery Inland Haulage DISB Disbursement Fee DISB.F Disbursement Collection Fee DIV.C Diversion Charge DMRG Demurrage DPC Drop and Pick Charge DRC Dry Run Charge DTSC Destination Terminal Service Charge E.H.C. Xem thêm: Issue Là Gì Equipment Handling Charge E.L.L. Empty Lift-on/Lift-off Charge E.R.S. Equipment Repositioning Surcharge E.S. Exigency Surcharge E.W.R. Extra War Risk EBS Emergency Bunker Surcharge ECHC Empty Container Handling Charge EDS Export Declaration Surcharge EFA Emergency Fuel Additional EFS Emergency Fuel Surcharge EIF Equipment Investment Factor EISC Equipment Imbalance Surcharge EOC Emergency Operation Charge EQP.S Equipment Surcharge ERC Emergency Risk Surcharge EX-FTY Ex. Factory Charge EXAMCH Trade Inspection by Third Party F.A.C. Forwarding Agency Commission F.C. Forwarding Charge FADM Forwarding Administration Fee in Europe FAF Fuel Adjustment Factor FCL/DC FCL Delivery Charge FCL/RC FCL Receiving Charge FIL Free in Charge at POL FLXI Additional surcharge for flexibag/flexitank packaged in a dry cntr FMG.C Fumigation Charge FOODG Foodgrade Surcharge FRC Fuel Recovery Charge GENSET Reefer Genset Charge GOH Garments on Hangers GOV.C Goverment Charge H.C. Handling Charge H.LIFT Heavy Lift Charge H.W. Haiti Wharfage H.W.C. Heated Warehouse Charge HTCHG Haiti Surcharge HTRFC Haiti Refrigerated Cargo Surcharges HWCS Heavy Weight Container Surcharge I.S.C. Intermodal Service Charge ICD/DC Inland Container Depot/Delivery Charge ICD/RC Inland Container Depot/Receiving Charge IFA Interim Fuel Assessment IFP Interim Fuel Participation Charge IFS Intermodal Fuel Surcharge or Inland Fuel Charge INSPEC Customs Inspection Charge ISC Import Service Charge ISC/D Intermodal Service Charge at Port of discharge ISC/L Intermodal Service Charge at Port of Loading ISFC Importer Security Filing Charge ISPS International Ship and Port Facility Security Surcharge ISPS/D Int”l ship/port Facility Security Surcharge at Discharge ISPS/L Int”l ship/port Facility Security Surcharge at Loading Ports ISPS/T Isps/t (Australia only) K.D.C. Keelung Delink Charge KSC Killed Slots Charge LAAGW Low Water Surcharge LCL/DC Lcl Delivery Charge LCL/RC Lcl Receiving Charge LIH Loading Ports Inland Haulage LOLO Lift-on, Lift-off LOLO.D Lift-on; Lift off at Port of Discharging LOLO.L Lift-on; Lift-off at Port of Loading M.BS/L Multiple Bs/L Charge M.S.C Mesh Screen Charge MAS Modified Atmosphere Service MIL.C Military Cargo in Consolidated Container Charge MLF Manifest Legalization Fee MTY.RP Empty Container Reposition Charge MULTI Multistop MXMAF Mexico Manifest Amendment Fee MXSCMC Mexico Security Compliance Management Charge NOX Norwegian Pollution Surcharge O.D.S. Off-Dock Surcharge O.F. Ocean Freight OCPRC Ocp Reposition Charge OPC Operational Charge OPTC Optional Charge ORC Origin Receiving Charge OWC Over-Weight Charge P.A.C. Port Additional Charge P.C. Port Charge P.S.C. Port Service Charge P.U.I. Pick up Incentive PBS Patagonian Bunker Surcharge PCC Panama Canal Charge PCS Paraguyan Cargo Surcharge PCTF Panama Canal Transit Fee PNS Panama Canal Surcharge PORTEO Terminal Handling Fee For Chile PRI Primage (Turkey) PSC/L Port Service Charge Origin PSMC Power Supply Monitoring Charges PSS Peak Season Surcharge PTSC Port Terminal Service Charge R.C.S. Xem thêm: Treatment Là Gì – Treatment Nghĩa Là Gì Trong Tiếng Anh Rhine Congestion Surcharge R/ADM Rail Adm. C RFC Rail Fuel Charge RFF Reefer Facilitation Fee RPCT River Plate Channel Toll SAPA South African Port Additional SC/D Terminal Security Charge FOR Discharge Port SC/L Terminal Security Charge FOR Loading Port SCADM Security Compliance Administration Fee SCIT Shoring Charge in Taiwan SCMC Security Compliance Management Charge SHIFTG Shifting Charge SIDEL Sideloader or Sidelifter SLOT Slot Charter SOC Shipper Owned Container SOSC Special Operation Service Charge SPA Saudi Port Additional SPS Shanghai Port Surcharge STF Suez Transit Fee STPOF Stop-off Charge STRG Storage STUF.C Stuffing Contribution T.A.C. Tri-axle Chassis Arrangement T/A Transport Additional T/A.D Transport Additional at Side Port of Discharging T/A.L Transport Additional at the Side Port of Loading T/S Transhipment Charge TCS/D Trucker Congestion Surcharge at Port of Discharging TCS/L Trucker Congestion Surcharge at port of Loading TDA Temporary Doha Additional TEHE Terminal Extra Handling Expenses THC Terminal Handling Charge THC/D Terminal Handling Charge at Port of Discharging THC/L Terminal Handling Charge at Port of Loading TLX Telx Release Fee TSC/D Terminal and Service Charge at Port of Discharging TSC/L Terminal and Service Charge at Port of Loading TTOC Taiwan Top off Charge UCS Upgraded Container Surcharges USCUC Chassis Usage Charge USIFS U.S. Intermodal Fuel Surcharge USMAF U.S. Manifest Amendment Fee VAT Value Added Tax Charges VCC Veterinary Check Charge VTS Venezuelan Tax Surcharge WACHT Waiting Time WAI Cargo Waiver / Councils Dues WH Wharfage WRC War Risk Charge/Insurance Premium WS Winter Surcharge YAS Yen Appreciation Surcharge

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