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Switch to low-sulphur fuels will have major impact on sea freight

From 1 January 2020, the shipping industry will be subject to stringent regulation regarding sulphur emissions. From then on, fuel oil may contain only 0.5% sulphur, while this is currently 3.5%. This measure has major consequences for shipping companies. They have to make serious changes to their way of working to meet the new rules.



Chinese New Year and other important holidays

The longer vacation periods in Asian production countries often cause major problems. Sea freight around these periods frequently struggles with capacity problems, and even “blank sailings”. And that can be a major issue for importers. That’s why it’s so important to factor these longer holiday periods into your planning schedules. These include the Chinese New Year, which will be celebrated in 2019 at the beginning of February.



Opening hours during the holidays

Please note the changes to our opening hours during the holidays.


Registration as an exporter (REX) becomes obligatory for trade with GSP countries


As of 1 January 2019, a number of APS countries will once again be added to the REX system. Suppliers in these countries must then register as an exporter within the calendar year. This relates to the following 22 countries: Bangladesh, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Philippines, Haiti, Indonesia, Cape Verde, Kyrgyzstan, Lesotho, Madagascar, Mauritania, Mongolia, Nigeria, Uganda, Uzbekistan, Paraguay, Samoa, Senegal, Tajikistan, Vanuatu islands and Vietnam.



Introduction of low-sulfur fuels Shanghai and Ningbo sailing areas

The sulfur emissions of ships represent a large proportion of the emissions of greenhouse gases. Therefore, low-sulfur fuels are introduced to more and more sailing areas in the world. The same applies to the Yangtze River Delta, where Shanghai and Ningbo are part of. However, the use of low-sulfur fuel is significantly more expensive. Therefore, shipping companies charge a Low Sulphur Surcharge (LSS) to suppliers who use sea cargo via and from these cities. The use of low-sulfur fuels will be mandatory worldwide as of 2020.