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CMA CGM announces reefer consumption surcharge

CMA CGM announces reefer consumption surcharge

Marseilles: CMA CGM and affiliates Delmas, MacAndrews, ANL, US Lines and Cheng Lie have announced the introduction of a Reefer Consumption Surcharge to be implemented in all Trades as per the 1st of October 2009, except for all U.S. inbound and outbound Trades where the implementation date is the 16th of October 2009.

"One of the main differences between dry containers and reefer containers is the energy consumption needed to maintain the temperature during transportation, as well as to properly ventilate containers carrying perishable commodities," said Claus P. Ellemann-Jensen, vp Reefer, CMA CGM Group. "The electricity used for reefers aboard container vessels means extra fuel consumption, thus extra cost for both shippers and carriers. With this Reefer Consumption Surcharge, CMA CGM and affiliates provide customers with a more transparent and balanced segregation of costs."

In a statement to the press, CMA CGM and subsidiaries said that they have so far not been billing the additional reefer consumption costs to their customers, having had a similar BAF (Bunker Adjustment Factor) structure for both dry and reefer containers.  In order to have a more transparent and true segregation of costs between these two very distinct segments the companies have decided to make this an integrated part of their freight surcharges.
The Reefer Consumption Surcharge is said to incorporate the actual cost of fuel, and will be revised on a monthly basis, together with itsgeneral BAF levels and will be reflected on its BAF/CAF finder on at   and/or be communicated to its customers directly.