CMA CGM has announced the imposition of an Aden Gulf Surcharge with effect from January 1, 2009. According to Exim News Service the line would be implementing, for Bills of Lading dating January 1 onward, a surcharge of $ 23/TEU on all containers crossing this area, at any point in the voyage.
The transit of containerships through the Gulf of Aden in both directions was now subject to additional high costs due to increased insurance premia and other costs, caused by the prevailing risks of piracy in the area.
CMA CGM has taken all steps to ensure security of its vessels sailing through the Gulf of Aden, among them being crossing at increased speed and, whenever available, being part of convoys protected by coalition warships.
This surcharge comes in addition to any Rate Agreement, short-term, or long-term, already concluded with customers, or to be concluded.