As of today 25th November 2014, several ocean carriers have announced a port congestion surcharge to go into effect this Wednesday, November 26th. The surcharge is based upon in gate – at origin (in gate / cargo receipt).  The surcharge will affect cargo moving eastbound into West coast ports; and the majority of ocean carriers are intending to implement the charge at the below levels. 

There have been no indications that the cargo congestion situation is easing along West coast ports. Reports regarding the congestion as of Thursday (Nov 20th) pointed to nine containerships anchored off the LA-LB ports, awaiting berth, and another seven awaiting berth at the ports of Seattle/Tacoma. 

The carriers have explained that there are various factors which are attributed to the deteriorating port congestion situation along the U.S. West Coast, i.e; “equipment availability issues”, “labor related disruptions”, etc.

IFC Global Logistics will continue to monitor this situation closely and will track updates and notify you immediately.


Container Type Surcharge Level – USD
LCL  $              10.00 per cbm/1000kgs
20′  $            800.00 per container
40′  $         1,000.00 per container
40’HC  $         1,125.00 per container