SHIPPING | Maersk to charge for out-of-service containers

Maersk Line said that, on May 1, it will introduce an “out of service” (OOS) charge of US$ 150 per dry container and US$ 350 per reefer container to cover additional costs incurred when a container is damaged.

The Danish line said this will include transport, lifting, replacement and administration costs previously covered by the shipping company — but not the repair costs.

“In practice, this means that for damage cases where the repair itself costs up to US$ 50, the party liable for the damage will pay US$ 200 per dry container and US$ 400 per reefer container,” Maersk stated.

“We sincerely believe the OOS charge is the fairest way to cover the costs for damaged containers — as it means that only parties who are responsible for damage will have to shoulder the costs.”

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