More misery for UK importers: Maersk hikes haulage tariff on Brexit Day

Maersk has announced plans to increase its import haulage tariff for the UK and Ireland on 1 January, as freight rates continue to spike by “crazy” amounts.

The timing could not be more inopportune, adding further misery to importers and a port sector bracing itself for what is expected to be “utter chaos” in the new, and as yet unknown, trade regime between the EU and the UK.

Maersk said the “adjustment” to its import haulage tariff was to reflect cost increases within the industry.

It told customers: “Please refer to the Maersk website for specific rates. We want to thank you for your business and look forward to continuously serving your global transport needs.”

While freight rates have been going “crazy” in recent weeks, haulage tariffs have remained stable for more than a year.

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Source: The Loadstar