The recent challenges due to waits in the Port of Antwerp and in the Port of Rotterdam have negatively impacted the transhipment operations of the DP World Inland Group. Therefore, the company is now introducing a congestion surcharge.
The waits and delays in the handling of inland waterway vessels in Antwerp and Rotterdam would have made planning very difficult. Efforts were being made to cooperate with all stakeholders to find a viable and sustainable solution, but this has not been achieved so far, complains DP World Inland in a press release.
After numerous attempts to reduce the negative impact that DP World Inland faces in these ports, the results have not improved significantly. Accordingly, the company expects a difficult development of inland waterway transport.
The congestion surcharge is charged per container for inland waterway transport from and to the ports of Antwerp and Rotterdam. It aims to curb the impact of the current volatility of key cost areas in these ports. These costs have been borne solely by DP World Inland for six months.
Dr. Martin Neese, General Manager of DP World Inland, comments: “After a thorough review of the situation and after more than half a year of efforts to find countermeasures, we now have to conclude that a congestion surcharge is the only realistic way to go. It enables us to keep prices as low as possible while responding to future changes.”
DP World Inland is the business unit for logistics in Europe within the DP World Group and consists of five inland container terminals with over 200 employees offering transport logistics solutions with a trimodal approach.