Shipping Rates More Expensive

The high price of bunker fuel is requiring carriers to update their tariffs, increasing the costs for exporting and importing, affecting international trade.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

The cost of sending goods from, say, Costa Rica to the United States has risen significantly due to increased bunker fuel prices, the price of which was quoted at the beginning of the week at $600 a barrel. This rise has meant that sending a 40-foot container with a refrigerated load from Costa Rica to Miami increased by 24.1% from February 2010 to February 2012.

"One of the companies which increased their rates is Maersk, which is responsible for the transport of 20% of goods entering and leaving the country, according the company. David Benavides, sales executive of the firm, said that on May 15 Maersk raised the price for a 20 foot container by $500 and by $1,000 for those of 40 foot, and is preparing further changes as of 15 June. The latter would be the fourth increase in the transnational has made in the course of 2012," reported Nacion.com.

APL, another shipping company with a market share level of 10%, applied this year three adjustments to their rates between $400 and $800, confirmed its general manager, Tony Souto.

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