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Electrolux voices fierce criticism of liner companies' new bunker surcharge

One of the world's biggest shippers is now fiercely criticizing the new bunker surcharge set to be introduced by several liner companies, including Maersk Line, MSC and CMA CGM. Electrolux expects that recently signed contracts will be respected, says Bjørn Vang, vice president of Global Logistics.

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The new bunker surcharge announced by several of the world's top liner companies has triggered unease among the shippers that appear liable to pay the new surcharge. At one of the world's biggest shippers, Electrolux, Bjørn Vang, vice president of Global Logistics, does not try to hide his disappointment at the new surcharge.

"I have sympathy for the carriers' challenges, but refer to the agreements we and many other BCOs (beneficial cargo owner) have only very recently entered into, both parties with eyes wide open. These agreements include specific clauses around bunker prices, and we expect that the carriers will respect those, as we of course intend to," he writes in a comment on LinkedIn.

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