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Emergency Peak Season Surcharge (PSS)

Dear customer,

Due to recent unexpected and very significant increases in key factors impacting operational costs of the container shipping industry, Hamburg Süd is implementing an emergency charge globally.

For exports from China, Hamburg Süd will introduce an emergency Peak Season Surcharge (PSS). The surcharge will apply to all export shipments on all trades from China, and it will be effective 1st June 2018 and until further notice. For export shipments to the US and Puerto Rico, the emergency PSS will be effective 1st July and until further notice.

This is a necessary action to ensure a continued sustainable service to our customers. The emergency charge level will be reviewed as and when significant increases or reductions of key shipping cost elements occur.

The surcharge tariff is as follows:

Equipment Type* 20’ DRY 40’ DRY/HQ/NOR 20’RF 40’RF
In USD per unit USD 60 USD 120 USD 90 USD 180

For your reference and in compliance with EU regulations we have included below the rates including the PSS on a sample corridor ex China to Europe valid from 1st JUN 2018 until further notice:


China to North Europe trade: from Shanghai to North Europe base ports** as follows:

  • US$ 960 per 20’ standard container (UK surcharge US$ 25/50/50)
  • US$ 1,820 per 40’ standard container (UK surcharge US$ 25/50/50)
  • US$ 1,870 per 40’ high cube container (UK surcharge US$ 25/50/50)

The above amounts refer to the base rates, are including BAF and PSS and are subject to:

  • LSS (ECA), Security related charges and surcharges (respectively applicable at the Port of Origin and the Port of Destination), Terminal Handling Charges (respectively applicable at the Port of Origin and the Port of Destination), additional charges and surcharges reflecting foreseeable high demand (such as Peak Season Surcharges), and all other applicable surcharges, such as local charges and contingency charges, valid at the time of shipment.
  • Above rates are applicable for all cargo on board vessels with ETD 1st June 2018 onwards and until further notice. Other corridors, commodities and container types (including reefers) that are not listed above may also be subject to increases.

For all rate related information please visit the Hamburg Süd Line website under the following link: https://ecom.hamburgsud.com/ecom/en/ecommerce_portal/tariffs_and_surcharges/gri_announcement/griannouncement.xhtml?lang=EN

Thank you for your understanding in this challenging situation and your continuous support of our services.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to your local sales or customer service representative.

You will find contact details of our local offices on www.hamburgsud-line.com .


* 20’ and 40’ FR and OT containers are subject to the same levels as DRY containers

** Felixstowe, Southampton, Hamburg, Bremerhaven, Wilhelmshaven, Rotterdam, Antwerp, Le Havre