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Freight & Logistics Market News (13 July, 19 July)


We would like to notify the trade that effective from July 20th, 2020 there will be a revision on D/O & NOC fee.

This will be applied for all trades to/from Jebel Ali, Dubai, Sharjah, Umm Al Quiwan, Rak Al Khaima & Ajman ports.




Effective from 1 July 2016, every packed export container is required to have a Verified Gross Mass (VGM) as a condition of loading aboard a vessel. Maersk supports this requirement as it promotes safety across the industry, including for our customers and their cargoes, landside personnel, and subsequently our employees and vessels.    

We would like to take the opportunity to underline the importance of submitting VGM in an accurate and timely manner.   

Effective from 1-June-2020, Maersk reserves the right to charge a Weight Discrepancy Fee (WDF) of USD 100 per bill of lading in any of the below three situations:      

1. Discrepancy between VGM and weight declared in shipping instruction (Shipping instruction weight + Container Tare weight) 
2. Declared VGM exceeds Max Gross Weight of the container as per “Container Safety Convention Plate” (excluding Shipper Owned Container) 
3. Declared VGM is less than Tare Weight of the container.  

We further reiterate the importance of declaring the correct weight via your chosen channels.  

The preferred method for submission to Maersk is through one or any of the digital channels or at the terminal as mentioned below;   


RATE ANNOUNCEMENTS: Price Announcement – Trade Management Middle East – From Turkey & Greece / To the Middle East & Indian Subcontinent HAPAG LLOYD  

In a continued effort to provide you with a high level of service and uninterrupted liner services and equipment supply, Hapag-Lloyd announces an increased Ocean Tariff rate for all cargoes for 20’ and 40’ General Purpose (incl. High Cube Container) & Special Equipment’s (Open Top and Flat Rack) on the Middle East Trade from all Turkey & Greece ports to all Middle East & Indian Subcontinent destinations. 

Valid for sailings commencing on August 01, 2020, onward and until further notice, Hapag-Lloyd’s Ocean Tariff rate from all Turkey & Greece ports to all Middle East & Indian Subcontinent will be: 


ADVISORY: USA – Booking Requirements: Quotation / Contract Number HAPAG LLOYD

To serve you better with faster booking response time and to maintain high levels of invoice accuracy, we request that you provide the valid quotation or contract (rate agreement) number when placing your booking request.  This number will be used as the basis for your booking and therefore, is quite important. 

The valid Quotation or Contract (Rate Agreement) Number 

Should be correct and issued by us 
Must not be expired and must be valid for the first CY cutoff 
Should match the booking details such as commodity, origin & destination, equipment size/type 

If the quotation number is not provided or falls outside of the above criteria, the booking request will be canceled and you will be asked to provide a valid number under a new booking request. 
Important details to include in all bookings requests: 

Valid MR Code (Named Account if applicable) / Quotation number / Rate agreement number / in the designated online or EDI contract fields 
*EDI platform format:  MR / CONTRACT (e.g. ABCDEF 123 / 4682727) 

Full contact details of USA booking party (name, phone and e-mail address) 

Routing, including requested vessel and schedule dates. 

Carrier’s haulage:  
Loading address, positioning date(s), and mode of transport – not accepted as free text. 
Loading references and valid telephone / email / contact party. 

– Merchant’s haulage: Pick-up date(s) and, if applicable, indicate shipper’s owned equipment and provide the relevant container number(s). 

Container size/type and quantity 

Cargo weight, and commodity description (please note that we cannot accept FAK, GDSM, General Cargo or Trade names) 

Requirements for special cargo: 

Reefer: Temperature in Degrees Celsius and Vent settings (air exchange) 
Out-Of-Gauge (OOG): Cargo Dimensions (L/W/H) 
DG Details: Confirmation if DG and please email export customer service your preliminary hazardous declaration. 

We are committed to our journey to deliver reliability on our promises.  With your support, we can achieve these goals together. 


ADVISORY: 24*7 Invoice Download Facility HAPAG LLOYD 

Effective August 1, 2020 please download all invoices through ODeX portal or request for an invoice via ODeX Portal only and we will discontinue to share invoices over emails. 
Key benefits of using e-invoice request through ODeX 
24 X 7 invoice download facility 
Invoice request tracking and Invoice readiness alerts 
https://uae.odex.co – Please login and register yourself today. 

ADVISORY: Enhancements on Mirsal-2 application effective 24th July 

Dubai Customs is coming up with the following enhancements on Mirsal-2 application. These changes will be available effective July 24, 2020. 

1- Upgrade of Customs Services on Dubai Trade (IE11 Requirement): 
Dubai Customs is pleased to announce upgrading of its services on Dubai Trade in order to provide improved customer experience and enhanced system security. 

For this purpose, Customers must have Internet Explorer version 11 installed on their machines in order to use upgraded Customs services on Dubai Trade. 

Internet Explorer version 11 should be used with the compatibility settings as disabled. 

2- Upgrade of Digital Certificate Active X component: 
As part of upgrading Customs services on Dubai Trade, Dubai Customs is now publishing a new version of Active X component for IE11 which requires PC admin privileges to install. This new Active X component is required to acquire digital signature at time of submission of declaration and claims through Dubai Trade. It is also required for registration of Customer’s digital certificate with Dubai Customs via Dubai Trade. 

For this purpose, customers must install this new Active X component on their machines, preferably before the effective date of July 24, 2020. Please click here for detailed Installation Guide of installing this new Active X component. 

3- Installation of Adobe Acrobat PDF browser plug-in for GCC Declaration Print Out: 
To use Customs declaration print service via Dubai Trade, customers Must Have Adobe Acrobat PDF browser plug-in on their machines. 

4- Display Net Weight of items at the correct place in GCC declaration print out: 
Currently, the actual weight of items declared in the invoice line items of the declaration is printed in the Gross Weight column of declaration print. 
The Declaration print format is updated to show weight declared in the invoice line item at the Net Weight column of the Customs Declaration print. 

5- Enable Clearance Message to Gate Controller of FZs for Courier Land declarations: 
The facility is now provided to automatically send a declaration clearance message to Gate Controller of Free Zones upon clearance of “COURIER LAND” declarations that are going out of the Free Zones. 

Gate controlling authorities of free zones will now start receiving Customs Declaration clearance message for Courier land channel Declarations. 
This enhancement is expected to facilitate the smooth movement of Courier land channel goods through free zone gates. 

6- Send Importer TRN to FTA if goods moving to Undesignated FZ Company from Designated FZ Company: 

Change has now been made to send TRN of Importer (instead of that of Exporter) to FTA if goods are moved under FZ Transit declaration from FTA-Designated FZ Company to FTA-Undesignated FZ Company. 

n this regard, VAT payment accountability, towards FTA, is now with the Undesignated FZ Company if goods are moved into that free zone under ‘FZ Transfer between Dubai based FZs’ declaration. 

7– Display of Expo 2020 Logo on relevant screens and prints: 

Provision is now available to display EXPO 2020 LOGO on all relevant screens and prints (including GCC declaration printout) of Declaration, CDM, and Inspection if declaration belongs to Expo registered customer licensed by Expo 2020 Authority. 

The purpose of displaying the Expo Logo is to indicate cases of providing priority clearance and relevant support to customers wherever applicable. 


ADVISORY: Container Inspection Advice at POL and POD 

To improve the process of empty container release for Export and empty return for Import, we would like to draw your attention to the attached circular and appreciate you to coordinate with your appointed trucking vendors. 



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