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Excess Dwell Charge Update - improving container flow

In case you missed the recent communication from POAL, the second phase of the Excess Dwell Charge targeting Import laden containers which have been on the port for 8 – 14 days will commence tomorrow, Thursday 1 September 2022.

The charge is in addition to the applicable demurrage and will apply to all laden imports at the port (Fergusson terminal and Multi-cargo).

• From Thursday 1 September, laden import containers which have been on the port for 8-14 days will attract an excess dwell charge of $125 per TEU per day.

• A reminder - for containers that remain on port from day 15 onwards the excess dwell charge increases to $175 per TEU per day in addition to the applicable demurrage as per the policy implemented from July 1 2022.

POAL will keep sending shipping lines daily reports of all containers in the yard for those to contact importers whose containers stay on port past their free time. However, customers are still responsible for getting all the necessary clearances to remove their containers from the port quickly.

A reminder of the rules for containers remaining beyond the standard free time:
1. Storage is charged from the end of the free days to date of delivery.
2. Demurrage charges start at 06:00 on the day after the last free day.
3. All associated reefer charges are applicable once on demurrage.
4. Free days include Sundays and exclude Public Holidays
5. Once on demurrage, all days – including Public Holidays are counted in the dwell time.

POAL expect the excess dwell charge will help to change behaviours, reduce congestion, and improve container flow through the port, which will benefit everyone in the supply chain.

Fuel Adjustment Factor
Month Standard Nexus FAF
Feb 2023 21.57%
Jan 2023 20.83%
Dec 2022 24.34%
Nov 2022 26.48%
Oct 2022 24.83%
Sep 2022 24.20%
Aug 2022 24.98%
Jul 2022 30.74%
Jun 2022 26.82%
May 2022 23.02%
Apr 2022 21.67%
Mar 2022 16.29%
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