A joint declaration of the European Shippers’ Council, Asian Shippers’ Group and the National Industrial Transportation League is calling for terminal handling charges to be reincorporated into ocean freight rates and for reform in ocean carrier liability.
The Tripartite Shippers Group supports “valid and impartial justification for all surcharges at all local, national and international levels,” saying such charges should not be used as mechanisms to impose general rate increases.
“Assuming the terminal handling charge is part of the overall freight, it should be collected from the party that pays the freight,” the group says. The group also reports that negotiations with the United Nation’s Working Group on Transport Law could result in a new convention on cargo liability.
The Tripartite Shippers Group supports the following shipper-friendly initiatives:
Full details are available on the NITL website (www.nitl.org). LT