USWC Port Congestion Surcharge Postponed

Several carriers have announced  that the previously announced Port Congestion Surcharge (PCS) for Trans-Pacific shipments loading US West Coast ports has been postponed until further notice.

Transportation lawyers have  commented  that the PCS are “neither appropriate or lawful” as the surcharges need to be published and in effect via tariffs or contracts before cargo is received by carriers.   Assessing a surcharge on cargo already in the carriers possession would not be in compliance with current Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) guidelines, according to these attorneys.

RCL Agencies Inc. will continue to closely monitor this situation and provide further updates once available.