Maersk Line to charge box damage fee
Maersk Line is to levy between $150 and $350 per box for damaged container equipment and an Out of Service charge from May 1.
In its weekly briefing to shippers, the carrier said: ?Maersk Line will introduce a new Out of Service charge. This fixed charge of $150 per dry container and $350 per reefer container is intended to cover the additional costs incurred when a container is damaged, including transport, lifting, replacement and administration costs, which Maersk Line has previously had to cover. The OOS charge does not include repair costs.
?In practice, this means that for damage cases where the repair itself costs up to $50, the party liable for the damage will pay $200 per dry container and $400 per reefer container ($50 + $150 or $350). For repairs exceeding $50, the total charge will be adjusted accordingly.?
In explanation, the Denmark-based container line giant said: ?We sincerely believe the OOS charge is the fairest way to cover the costs of damaged containers, as it means that only parties who are responsible for damage will have to shoulder the costs.
?The OOS charge represents a carefully calculated estimate of the actual costs associated with repairs. And in publishing these estimates up front, we can offer you the certainty of knowing you will not be liable for any additional costs in excess of the OOS charge and repair costs if you are ever responsible for container damage.?
Maersk said it expected the new policy would result in improved service in terms of equipment availability and reliability. Shipper customers with any questions were advised to contact their local Maersk Line representative.
Terms and timing of implementation might vary in a few countries to reflect local charge structures already in place, added the carrier.
Maersk told shippers that damage to containers was ?a problem that affects all of us?.
It added: ?When a container is returned to us damaged, it has to be repaired, which entails both direct and indirect repair costs. But it can also mean delays and other inconveniences for you.
Maersk said most container damage could be prevented through extra care and common-sense precautionary measures. But when a container was damaged, the costs associated with repairing the container had to be covered by the party responsible for the damage.
Last week saw Maersk Line announced plans to levy a $10 no-show fee on US shippers for each export transpacific container that failed to turn up as booked at the ports of Los Angeles and Oakland. The line will also refund shippers $10 for each container delivered on time for the outbound TP8 transpacific service but which does not sail on a booked vessel.