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Customer Information (Ocean Freight)

[170317] Trade Update on North Europe to Asia

Because available load capacity remains low in the ocean freight sector, shipping companies are charging a temporary peak season surcharge (PSS) which is a customary way for shipping companies to respond to such situations. This temporary PSS will apply to all ocean freight shipped in the direction of APAC, the Middle East and India.

There are a variety of reasons for the PSS, including the reorganization of shipping alliances and a shipment backlog caused by blank sailings from Asia due to the Chinese New Year's holiday, and low water levels, which prevent carriers from taking on as much freight as they normally would. Export volumes are also up in general at the moment.

Based on all these factors this exceptional situation is expected to last at least until May. During this period we recommend to all our customers to make new bookings well in advance (4-5 weeks prior to shipping date). Alternatively, DB Schenker offers various other transport options to and from Japan:  by rail, by sea/air and by air. However, the available space for those options is filling up fast.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at info.corporate@schenker-seino.co.jp.

Last modified: 17.03.2017

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