Surcharges and Fees

As a trustworthy partner, we give our clients transparency in the total costs of their shipments by explaining the structure of our surcharges

Surcharges and fees to and from Denmark

See the surcharges and fees for transport to and from Denmark here. If you need to know the charges for other countries, please contact your local Blue Water office.
Road

Applicable for export/import road transportation involving Denmark and below mentioned countries.

Rates are adjusted monthly based on the average exchange rate of the previous month.


CAF

October 2018

Sweden: 1.20%
Norway: 0.00%
Switzerland: 3.00%
United Kingdom: 0.00%

September 2018

Sweden: 1.20%
Norway: 0.00%
Switzerland: 2.40%
United Kingdom: 0.00%

CAF = Currency Adjustment Factor


Fuel Surcharges

October 2018

Denmark domestic: 17.40%
UK & Ireland*: 37.43%
Finland*: 42.28%
Rest of Europe: 35.43%

September 2018

Denmark domestic: 17.00%
UK & Ireland*: 36.38%
Finland*: 41.93%
Rest of Europe: 34.38%

* Surcharges may vary as shipping line fuel charge is included in the total calculation.

Blue Water in Denmark has introduced a variable fuel surcharge for European road transport to and from Denmark.
Please be aware that the diesel surcharge will be adjusted if Blue Water's expense and pricing structure changes.


Parking surcharge

The Danish government has imposed restrictions for trucks parking on rest areas in Denmark. 

The new regulation takes effect in Denmark as of 1 July 2018. We have calculated the consequence of the governmental measure and it is an ascertainable fact that our expenses will increase considerably. We therefore we have no choice but to introduce a separate “Parking Surcharge” of 3.5 percent of the freight amount. The surcharge will take effect as from 1 August 2018 and will be added on all transport- rates to and from Denmark. 

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If you have any questions you are more than welcome to contact us. 


Adjusting Lack of Capacity surcharge

Within all our markets we experience an intensified pressure on the provision of trucks. At the same time, we see less trucks available as there is still a substantial shortage of truck drivers. 

To be able to provide service to our clients and cover their present demands, it is necessary to adjust the surcharge that we introduced  in the autumn of 2017. 

With effect as from 1 August 2018, we will therefore increase the “LOC” surcharge (Lack of Capacity) from 5.0 percent to 8.5 percent. 

As this is a situation beyond our control, we kindly ask for your understanding in this respect. 

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If you have any questions you are welcome to contact us. 


EU Road Tax

Valid from 01.07.2018

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SECA fee

Sulphur Emission Fee

New sulphur rules are imposed on shipping lines as per 1 Januar 2015 in order to reduce sulphur emission by 2016 in the Sulphur Emission Area (SECA) of the Baltic Sea, the North Sea and the English Channel.

Subsequently, shipping lines are enforcing an extra fee, which we regret having to charge our customers for shipments after 1 Jan 2015. All fees are calculated after payable weight.

September/Oktober 2018

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International trucking affected by EU-sentence

In December 2017, the European Court of Justice pronounced a sentence in a case instituted by a Belgian haulier. The sentence stated that truckdrivers will no longer be allowed to stay in the truck during their 45-hour resting period although this has been the procedure for decades. This new limitation will apply in all EU countries in the future.

This means that drivers must find alternative overnight accommodation, such as hotel or the like. The new condition will increase the costs for the industry which is already severely affected by the lack of capacity in Europe.

The ban and increased control will not make it easier to attract drivers. On the contrary, it will worsen the situation with a shortage of drivers in Europe.

We are following the development closely and will keep our clients updated.


Surcharges for Winter Road Service in Norway

From 1 Nov 2017 to 31 Mar 2018

Minimum:tabulated spaceDKK 18 (per shipment)
500-999 kg:tabulated spaceDKK 38
1,000-2,499 kg:tabulated spaceDKK 65
2,500-4,999 kg:tabulated spaceDKK 92
5,000-9,999 kg:tabulated spaceDKK 101
10,000-14,999 kg:tabulated spaceDKK 104
15,000-19,999 kg:tabulated spaceDKK 138
20,000-21,999 kg:tabulated spaceDKK 147
22,000-FTL:tabulated spaceDKK 170 (max)


Congestion Fee on the A7 in Germany

The German authorities have launched a very comprehensive widening of the motorway between Bordesholm and Hamburg as well a conversion of the motorway stretch from the Elbe Tunnel to Schnelsen into an underground motorway. In spite of careful preparation and thorough information from the German side, traffic congestion is becoming a major problem.

In general, the congestion is causing delays for each transport on this motorway stretch, resulting in increased operating costs - which so far have been paid by us.

Until the traffic returns to normal, we will have to introduce a temporary congestion fee.

The fee applies for all transports between Denmark west of the great Belt and the Continent, where the A7 transit corridor Bordesholm-Hamburg is used.

We regret that we have to introduce this surcharge and hope for your understanding in this matter. If you have any questions, you are as always welcome to contact your local Blue Water contact.

As of 1 November 2016

Minimum DKK 12 per shipment
DKK 1.35 per 100 kg (freight payable weight)
Maximum DKK 185 per shipment


European Holidays 2018

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Departures Christmas & New Year 2018

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Sea

BAF & CAF

Sea import

Our monthly update provides information on the current BAF / CAF rates for the Far East, India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.

We reserve the right to immidiately change or apply e.g. Peak Season Surcharge, Emergency Bunker Surcharge, Equipment Imbalance Surcharge or other surcharges imposed by shipping lines.

Below rates are excl. Low Sulphur Surcharge.

October 2018

Far East:
BAF: USD 467 per 20' and USD 934 per 40' – USD 25.85 w/m
CAF: 2.00%

India, Bangladesh & Pakistan:
BAF: USD 307 per 20' and USD 614 per 40' – USD 17.85 w/m
CAF: 2.00%

Container:
Fuel Surcharges: 21.30%

Low Sulphur:
Truck: per teu
Feeder: per teu

BAF = Bunker Adjustment Factor
CAF = Currency Adjustment Factor
LSS = Low Sulphur Surcharge


Fuel Surcharges

October 2018

Iceland: 37.70%
Faroe Islands: 15.00%
Greenland: 2.00%

September 2018

Iceland: 36.60%
Faroe Islands: 14.20%
Greenland: 2.00%

Please be aware that the diesel surcharge will be adjusted if Blue Water's expense and pricing structure changes.


China introduces Uniform Social Credit Code

As per 1 June 2018, Chinese Customs Authorities will introduce new demands to the information in transport documents: Uniform Social Credit Code.

The following data must be provided in all transport documents as per 1 June:

Uniform Social Credit Code

USCC is the Tax payer's indentification no. (TIN no.) and consist of 18 digits. In case of "to order B/L or "to order AWB", the tax ID number of first Notify Party must be advised.

Enterprise Code of Shipper

This is Shipper’s tax identification number – European VAT number etc.

If the above information is not provided, your consignment is at risk of being held by Chinese authorities.

For further information, please contact your local Blue Water office. 


New B/L demands – Export India

We must draw your attention to the fact that Mumbai Customs have issued a public notice stating that with effect from 1 April 2018, all export B/Ls should include the following mandatory details:

  • Import & Export Code (IEC) of the importer
  • GST Identification No. (GSTIN) of the importer
  • Official email ID of the importer

These demands are intended to avoid export of waste that the exporting country ships to India for dumping purposes.

 If you have any questions to the above, please refer to your local contact at Blue Water. 


Capacity problems for hauliers in the US and Canada

The capacity problems for hauliers in the US and Canada is worsening.

Some of the main challenges that the trucking communities are facing include: 

Governmental regulations including “Electronic Log Devices” (ELDs)

Infrastructure and congestion at ports and airports 

Limited free times at rail ramps

Fewer entrants into the job market. Surveys indicate a shortage of 35,000 truckers in the US

Increasing operational costs

High service demands and requirements (hazardous cargo, refrigerated cargo or other special cargo). Several trucking companies are now starting to avoid these types of cargo.

These challenges make on-time door deliveries increasingly difficult while also increasing the risk of demurrage, detention and storage.

For further information, please contact your local Blue Water office.


Time slot on container terminals in Hamburg

Hamburg’s four container terminals are developing their TR02-system which is used to plan the inbound and outbound delivery of containers. Through this system, the haulier will receive a delivery number for each individual container.

The next phase in the development is time slot which comes into effect as per October 29. This means, that it is mandatory for each haulier to make an inquiry for a pre-allocated time slot for each individual container being delivered on one of the four terminals.

The below illustration shows you the tolerance of time slot’s as well as how the terminals will prioritize the trucks.  Timeslot til containere

The new system can cause problems when delivering containers. In case the containers are not unloaded or released, they cannot receive a time slot.

We do not know the number of possible slots within one time slot as the terminals have not communicated anything about this.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact your local Blue Water contact.  


New demands for documentation - Thailand

Please be aware that Thailand has introduced new regulations for marking of goods and documents for shipments to and from the country. The new regulations cover: invoice, packing list and other documents accompanying the goods. The regulations apply to both sea freight and air freight. 

As from 13 November 2017, SHIPPING MARK must be inserted in all documents. (SHIPPING MARK is the cargo marks and number provided by you).

The outer package of the goods must bear the same SHIPPING MARK. You are allowed to enter the text by hand.

If the above two requirements are not fulfilled, you will receive a fine of 50,000 Baht (approx. 1,525 USD) from the customs in Thailand.

If you have any questions, you are welcome to call your local contact at Blue Water. 


USA tightens import regulations for wooden packaging

USA has tightened the import regulations for cargo arriving in wooden packaging.

Wooden packaging arriving in USA must on two sides of the article display visible proof of having received treatment to kill timber pests prior to dispatch. Any violations of these regulations will be fined.

For further information, please visit U.S. Customs and Border Protection 

Air

Capacity problems for hauliers in the US and Canada

The capacity problems for hauliers in the US and Canada is worsening.

Some of the main challenges that the trucking communities are facing include:

• Governmental regulations including “Electronic Log Devices” (ELDs)

• Infrastructure and congestion at ports and airports

• Limited free times at rail ramps

• Fewer entrants into the job market. Surveys indicate a shortage of 35,000 truckers in the US

• Increasing operational costs

• High service demands and requirements (hazardous cargo, refrigerated cargo or other special cargo). Several trucking companies are now starting to avoid these types of cargo.

These challenges make on-time door deliveries increasingly difficult while also increasing the risk of demurrage, detention and storage.

For further information, please contact your local Blue Water office. 


New demands to documentation - Thailand

Please be aware that Thailand has introduced new regulations for marking of goods and documents for shipments to and from the country. The new regulations cover: invoice, packing list and other documents accompanying the goods. The regulations apply to both sea freight and air freight. 

As from 13 November 2017, SHIPPING MARK must be inserted in all documents. (SHIPPING MARK is the cargo marks and number provided by you).

The outer package of the goods must bear the same SHIPPING MARK. You are allowed to enter the text by hand.

If the above two requirements are not fulfilled, you will receive a fine of 50,000 Baht (approx. USD 1,525) from the customs in Thailand.

If you have any questions, you are welcome to call your local contact at Blue Water. 


USA tightens import regulations for wooden packaging

USA has tightened the import regulations for cargo arriving in wooden packaging.

Wooden packaging arriving in USA must on two sides of the article display visible proof of having received treatment to kill timber pests prior to dispatch. Any violations of these regulations will be fined.

For further information, please visit U.S. Customs and Border Protection 

Courier

Fuel Surcharges

October 2018

Courier: 19.50%

September 2018

Courier: 18.50%

Please be aware that the fuel surcharge will be adjusted if Blue Water's expense and pricing structure changes.

Rail

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