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Freight & Logistics Market News (6 July, 12 July)


As previously mentioned, CONTAINER SEAL ACCURACY is very important; however, discrepancies continue to appear.

Please note that certain customs and terminals at destination countries have extremely strict Container Seal Regulation. Some import customs are imposing very heavy penalties and complicated amendment process on seal discrepancies or minor deviation of prefix.

FYR, East Africa customs still have extreme tough control and penalties on seal discrepancy. Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania customs are recently charging penalty of close to USD1,000 for seal number amendment, while other destination customs are also imposing penalties at different quantum.

Considering the tedious amendment process, we will on top impose Line Admin Fee of USD100 per case. Therefore, your full compliance is a must to effectively facilitate the import manifest process and seal validation at destination. Otherwise, the heavy penalties, delay and Admin Fee will be on account of cargo owner.

We need your immediate attention and cooperation on the following seal control.

Control on Container Seal

  • All Emirates laden boxes must be affixed with Emirates Bottle Seal provided by our company.
Control on Container Seal

Bottle seal should be placed on the right door at the time of entry/reception/shipping.

  • Accurate Emirates Bottle Seal number (full style format per actual seal) must be provided on shipping instruction for the Bill of Lading and manifests.
  • Shippers are suggested to obtain a photo of container seal (with container number) from trucker for effective control of accuracy and proof.
  • LOI is mandatory for use of other customs or shipper seals (must be bottle seal) or seals changed before loading, for updating BL and Manifest.
  • Any additional shipper seal (full style format per actual seal) must be provided on shipping instruction for the Bill of Lading and manifests.
  • Any penalties and delay due to the wrong declaration of seal number will be on account of cargo owners or parties giving the wrong records.


RATE ANNOUNCEMENTS: PSS – From the Indian Subcontinent, Middle East Gulf, Red Sea & Egypt Red Sea ports to the US Gulf, US East Coast & Canada East Coast CMA CGM

Please find the Peak Season Surcharge (PSS) rates applicable as from July 15th, 2020 (date of loading in the origin ports) until further notice:

This PSS will apply as follows:

Origin: From the Indian Subcontinent, Middle East Gulf, Red Sea & Egypt Red Seaports
Destination: To the US Gulf, US East Coast & Canada East Coast

Cargo: Dry & Reefer
Amount: USD 600 per 20′ | USD 800 per 40′ | USD 1,000 per 45′
Payment: as per freight

Date of application: July 15th, 2020 (date of loading in the origin ports) until further notice


ADVISORY: Dubai Customs – Economic Initiatives

We take this opportunity to remind you with the steps that Dubai Customs has taken to ease the effect of this period on your health and business by continuously providing highly advance infrastructure and smart services and by offering the below mentioned Economic Initiatives:

  • Refund of 1% of Customs duty imposed on imported goods sold locally in UAE markets, which are subject to Customs duty rate of 5% from 15/03/2020 to 30/06/2020.
  • Refunding the Customs Broker Guarantee Dh50,000 which is required to obtain the activity.
  • Exemption of loading and Berthing charges for locally registered wooden or commercial ships at Marfa Deira and Hamriya port from 15/03/2020 to 30/06/2020.
  • Cancellation of the guarantee cheque for Grievance requests.
  • Cancellation of 25% of the down payment for installment request.
  • Cancellation of fines resulting from the delay in renewing/ annulling the Customs Representative Cards (AED 50/- per month).
  • Based on our concern for your health and well-being we have suspended the “Submittal of Customs Declarations and Required Documents”; all provisions and effects set forth therein are until further notice.

Following are the Documents





General Rate Increase – Indian Subcontinent to USA and Canada HAPAG LLOYD

We will implement the following General Rate Increase (GRI) from Indian Subcontinent to all USA and Canada destinations. This General Rate Increase (GRI) will apply for all dry, reefer, non-operating reefer, tank, flat rack, and open-top containers.

Effective Date: August 1, 2020 (date of cargo receipt at origin)

Scope: Indian Subcontinent and the Middle East to all USA and Canada.
USD 640 increase per all 20′ container types
USD 800 increase per all 40′ container types

Indian Subcontinent Origin countries: India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.

Middle East Origin countries: UAE, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Jordan.



We are pleased to inform you that Dubai Trade has introduced the “Electronic Delivery Order”, to reduce the turn-around time of the import processes with just single click. 
The new system will enable shipping agents, freight forwarders and Beneficial Cargo Owners (BCOs) to move beyond tedious over-the-counter operations that require physical visits and upgrade to a highly automated process that delivers a cost-effective, efficient and time-saving mechanism. 
The process is further eased with Dubai Customs now accepting Bills of Lading and Delivery Orders (DOs) sent electronically by the shipping agents/shippers without the need for stamping for all customs cases. 
Please note that the agents and shippers will be responsible for the information they file, with Dubai Customs having the right to these documents any time. 



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