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.
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The shipping company has announced a rise in service fees for transporting refrigerated containers from Central and South America and Africa.
The company Maersk Line has restructured its service between Asia and the U.S., using the Suez Canal rather than the Panama Canal, mainly for reasons of profitability.
Maersk line will open a new sea route: Guayaquil – Panama Canal – Rotterdam – Bremenhaven – San Petersburg.
The shipping company Maersk joins APL in raising its prices on refrigerated container shipping from January 2013.
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