Hapag-Lloyd announces IMO2020 transition charge

To mitigate fuel price volatility and transitional operational expenses in the run-up to the launch of IMO’s 2020 sulphur cap, Hapag-Lloyd has announced the introduction of an IMO2020 Transition Charge (ITC) for short-term contracts as of 1 December 2019.

The introduction of the IMO2020 sulphur cap as of 1 January 2020 marks a milestone for the shipping industry to reduce marine pollution and become more sustainable. Hapag-Lloyd has taken various actions to be fully compliant with the new regulations.

Adjusting to IMO2020 comes along with significantly higher costs for the whole industry.

“Switching from high-sulphur fuels to the new low-sulphur fuel will inevitably result in higher fuel prices in the short term. Volatility is also expected to increase, particularly during the transition period. Given these circumstances, we will implement the ITC to cope with the additional costs as well as to have a sustainable and transparent method of pricing our services for our customers,” explains Rolf Habben Jansen, Chief Executive Officer of Hapag-Lloyd.

The ITC applies to freight of all kinds cargo and spot business with a validity up to 3 months. Tender business will not be affected by the ITC.