Maersk wish to advise our customers that, records in the rules of the Prefectura General Naval indicate a reduction in the operational draft of ships that transit through the Paraguay River, based on recent water levels development.

Over past weeks we have done our outmost to deliver your cargo whilst managing the current situation as best as possible. However, still we are experiencing a significant increase in overall operational costs.

To enable us to continue to connect your supply chain, Maersk wishes to advise our customers that we will be implementing a Low Water Surcharge, applicable to all Export and Import containers with origin or destination Paraguay.

The tariff levels are as follows.

Fee Cargo Charge Basis Tariff Levels Scope Effective Date
Fee
LWC
Cargo
Dry & Reefer
Charge Basis
Per Container
Tariff Levels
20': 150 USD
40'(incl. HC & 45'): 300 USD
Scope
All ports of Paraguay (Import and Export)
Effective Date
Feb 1st, 2023: PCD* for non-Spot bookings (Feb 5th, 2023 for regulated countries)
Feb 1st, 2023: 1st vessel ETD at booking confirmation for Spot bookings (Feb 5th, 2023 for regulated countries)

* PCD = Price Calculation Date. For non-FMC, PCD refers to the scheduled departure date of the first water leg at the time of booking confirmation for non-spot bookings. For FMC, PCD is last container gate-in date for non-spot bookings.

We are monitoring the situation and depending on the development we will determine if further measures need to be taken.

For your reference, we have also included the levels and the rate structure for some sample corridors (Short-Term) from Algeciras, Spain to Asuncion, Paraguay valid from today until further notice. These charges may be changed in the future and we will notify you accordingly.

Algeciras, ES to Asuncion, PY

Dry Container

Surcharge Code 20 DRY 40 DRY 40 HC 45 HC
Surcharge Code
OF - Basic Ocean Freight
20 DRY
865 EUR
40 DRY
1165 EUR
40 HC
1165 EUR
45 HC
N/A
Surcharge Code
OHC - Terminal Handling Service - Origin
20 DRY
245 EUR
40 DRY
245 EUR
40 HC
245 EUR
45 HC
N/A
Surcharge Code
EFF - Environmental Fuel Fee
20 DRY
100 EUR
40 DRY
201 EUR
40 HC
201 EUR
45 HC
N/A
Surcharge Code
MHE - Merchant Haulage Export
20 DRY
35 EUR
40 DRY
35 EUR
40 HC
35 EUR
45 HC
N/A
Surcharge Code
PAE - Port Additionals / Port Dues Export
20 DRY
35 EUR
40 DRY
55 EUR
40 HC
55 EUR
45 HC
N/A
Surcharge Code
IMP - Import Service
20 DRY
140 USD
40 DRY
140 USD
40 HC
140 USD
45 HC
N/A
Surcharge Code
ODF - Documentation Fee Origin
20 DRY
50 EUR
40 DRY
50 EUR
40 HC
50 EUR
45 HC
50 EUR
Surcharge Code
RFD - River Freight
20 DRY
500 USD
40 DRY
1000 USD
40 HC
1000 USD
45 HC
N/A
Surcharge Code
VGM - Verified Gross Mass Charge
20 DRY
20 EUR
40 DRY
20 EUR
40 HC
20 EUR
45 HC
N/A
Surcharge Code
LWC - Low Water Surcharge
20 DRY
150 USD
40 DRY
300 USD
40 HC
300 USD
45 HC
N/A

Reefer and Special Container

Surcharge Code 20 REEF 40 HREEF 20 Special 40 Special
Surcharge Code
OF - Basic Ocean Freight
20 REEF
N/A
40 HREEF

3696 EUR

20 Special
865 EUR
40 Special

1850 EUR

Surcharge Code
OHC - Terminal Handling Service - Origin
20 REEF
N/A
40 HREEF
340 EUR
20 Special
245 EUR
40 Special
245 EUR
Surcharge Code
EFF - Environmental Fuel Fee
20 REEF
N/A
40 HREEF
N/A
20 Special
100 EUR
40 Special

201 EUR

Surcharge Code
MHE - Merchant Haulage Export
20 REEF
N/A
40 HREEF
35 EUR
20 Special
35 EUR
40 Special

35 EUR

Surcharge Code
PAE - Port Additionals / Port Dues Export
20 REEF
N/A
40 HREEF
55 EUR
20 Special
35 EUR
40 Special

55 EUR

Surcharge Code
IMP - Import Service
20 REEF
N/A
40 HREEF
140 USD
20 Special
140 USD
40 Special

140 USD

Surcharge Code
ODF - Documentation Fee Origin
20 REEF
50 EUR
40 HREEF
50 EUR
20 Special
50 EUR
40 Special
50 EUR
Surcharge Code
RFD - River Freight
20 REEF
N/A
40 HREEF
1000 USD
20 Special
500 USD
40 Special

1000 USD

Surcharge Code
VGM - Verified Gross Mass Charge
20 REEF
N/A
40 HREEF
20 EUR
20 Special
20 EUR
40 Special

20 EUR

Surcharge Code
LWC - Low Water Surcharge
20 REEF
N/A
40 HREEF
300 USD
20 Special
150 USD
40 Special

300 USD

  • The above sample corridor is also subject to other applicable surcharges, including local charges and contingency charges.
  • These rates are unaffected by, and do not affect, any tariff notified, published or filed in accordance with local regulatory requirements.
  • For trades subject to the US Shipping Act or the China Maritime Regulations, quotations or surcharges that vary from the Maersk tariff shall not be binding on Maersk unless included in a service contract or service contract amendment that has been filed with the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) or the Shanghai Shipping Exchange, as applicable.

We regret having to implement this fee, and recognize the challenge it brings on you, but hope for your understanding. We appreciate your business and look forward to continuing working with you in the future.

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