In order to keep providing you with our global services, Maersk is introducing the Heavy Load Surcharge (HWS) for all containers with gross weight exceeding 20 metric tons from Far East Asia to East Coast North America effective price calculation date on 25th Jul 24.

The New tariff levels are as follows:

Origin Destination Effective Date ALL_20 ALL_40 Gross Weight
Brunei, China, Hong Kong China, Indonesia, Japan, Cambodia, South Korea, Laos, Myanmar, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan China, Thailand, and Vietnam
East Coast North America
Effective Date
25th July 2024
400 USD
800 USD
Gross Weight
>20 metric tons

Heavy weight surcharge is applicable for all equipment types, including, dry containers, reefer, NOR, and special equipment. When Verified Gross Mass (VGM) exceeds the weight threshold, Heavy Load Surcharge (HWS) will be triggered.

  • The above rates are also subject to other applicable surcharges, including local charges and contingency charges.
  • These rates are unaffected by, and do not affect, any tariff notified, published, or filed in accordance with local regulatory requirements.
  • For trades subject to the US Shipping Act or the China Maritime Regulations, quotations or surcharges that vary from the Maersk Line tariff shall not be binding on Maersk Line unless included in a service contract or service contract amendment that has been filed with the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) or the Shanghai Shipping Exchange, as applicable.

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