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Terminal Handling Charge Origin / Destination

Dear valued customer,

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

Due to inflationary cost increases through 2022, the costs for handling cargo in terminals, have risen at an alarming rate since March. Forecasters believe that inflationary costs will continue to rise through the remainder of the year as well as in 2023.

To enable us to continue to connect your supply chain, Hamburg Süd would like to inform you, that we will be revising the Terminal Handling Charge Origin / Destination (World: THC EX/THC IM; Brazil: CAPAT EX/CAPAT IM) for both export and import globally, effective from 1 November 2022.

We understand that raising prices are adding to the economic burden, and it is not something we do lightly, but we hope for your understanding, given the global economic outlook. We are revising the Terminal Handling Charge Origin / Destination tariff based on the evolution of the consumer price index and we are aware of the challenge this poses, but hope for your understanding.

The tariff levels are as follows:

Fee Cargo Charge Basis Tariff levels Scope Effective Date
Terminal Handling Charge (Origin/Destination) All Per Container Please refer to the country table here World to World 1 November 2022 RAD*

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

We would like to emphasize that we value the cooperation with you and hope for your understanding in view of the economic circumstances. We look forward to working with you in the future.

If you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to get in touch with your local Sales representative. Our teams are always by your side.

Best Regards,

Your Hamburg Süd Team

Frequently asked questions in connection with this global Terminal Handling Charge Origin / Destination adjustment as of 1. November 2022:

1. Why does Hamburg Süd implement this Terminal Handling Charge Origin / Destination increase globally?

We have taken this decision in response to actual and anticipated inflationary cost increases through 2022 and forecasted to continue in 2023.

2. When would this Terminal Handling Charge Origin / Destination increase come into effective?

The Terminal Handling Charge Origin / Destination increase would be effective from 1 November 2022.

3. My current contract with Hamburg Süd has Terminal Handling Charge Origin / Destination at floating level. Would this increase in Terminal Handling Charge Origin / Destination impact me?

Yes, the new Terminal Handling Charge Origin / Destination quantum will kick in effective from 1 November 2022.

4. I have a contract with Hamburg Süd valid until December 2023. Would this Terminal Handling Charge Origin / Destination increase impact me?

The Terminal Handling Charge Origin / Destination increase would have no impact to existing contracts with Terminal Handling Charge Origin / Destination rolled into the Basic Ocean Freight (OFREIGHT) or fixed at a value already.

5. My current contract with Hamburg Süd is valid until December 2022 and we expect to have a new contract from January 2023. Would the Terminal Handling Charge Origin / Destination increase impact me?


For any new contract with effective date 1 November 2022 or later, the Terminal Handling Charge Origin / Destination quantum would be based on the new tariff level, unless additional agreement made.

If current contract containing Terminal Handling Charge Origin / Destination at floating level, then the new Terminal Handling Charge Origin / Destination quantum would be applicable from 1 November 2022.

If current contract containing Terminal Handling Charge Origin / Destination fixed at a value or Terminal Handling Charge Origin / Destination rolled into basic ocean freight, there would be no impact.

6. My current contract with Hamburg Süd already has the Terminal Handling Charge Origin / Destination bundled into basic ocean freight, will this global Terminal Handling Charge Origin / Destination increase result in any contract revision?

The Terminal Handling Charge Origin / Destination increase would have no impact to existing contracts with Terminal Handling Charge Origin / Destination bundled into the Ocean Freight (OFREIGHT) already.

7. I have some shipments now on water and would arrive at destination after 1 November 2022. Will I be charged with the increased Terminal Handling Charge Destination?

The Terminal Handling Charge Origin / Destination increase would be applicable based on Rate Applicability Date(RAD), which is either the scheduled departure date of the first water leg at the time of non-FMC booking confirmation, or the last container gate-in date for FMC booking. For any shipments that is already on water, the RAD would be prior 1 November 2022 and hence increased Terminal Handling Charge Destination would not be applicable.

International Monetary Fund, World Economic Outlook report April 2022 https://www.imf.org/en/Publications/WEO/weo-database/2022/April ; The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development 2022-2023 CPI forecast https://data.oecd.org/price/inflation-forecast.htm#indicator-chart