Activation congestion surcharge

vrijdag 30 juni 2017

Sliedrecht, 30th June 2017

To our customers,

Reference is made to earlier correspondence and to several articles in our industry related press
with regards to the current congestion situation of handling container barges in the ports of
Rotterdam and Antwerp.

The situation is going on for a longer period and has a structural character because of upscaling
deepsea vessels, larger and unexpected calls, strong volume growth in combination with the
container alliances restructure. For that reason it is impossible to continue our business in this
way. The extra costs occurred by the poor handling of our barges cannot longer only be absorbed
by us, and same cannot be considered as normal entrepreneurial risk.

We are therefore forced to activate a congestion surcharge from 7th July 2017 on the following
liner services:
- Upper Rhine Service: Euro 25,00 per container
- Rotterdam – Antwerp v.v. Service: Euro 7,50 per TEU
- Intra-port Service: Euro 5,00 per TEU

The surcharge applies for full and empty container shipments with sailing date from 7th July 2017.
In case of bookings from this date, the congestion surcharge is accepted as above mentioned and
will be invoiced automatically.

In connection with this we kindly ask your understanding for the fact that we are not liable for
any costs such as demurrage, detention or extra handling and transfer costs resulting from the

We will keep you informed about the situation and rely on your understanding.

Trusting the above to suffice, we remain.

With kinds regards,

Management Danser Group