Drewry: Carriers' bunker surcharges too big

Customers will most likely increase the pressure on carriers to lower their fuel surcharges. The decrease should have been more significant, according to an analysis by Drewry.

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Container carriers' special bunker surcharges should have decreased more than bunker prices due to the new, bigger, and thus more energy efficient ships. But a new analysis from British Drewry shows that a majority of the carriers have opted not to do this, and the analysts conclude that the carriers are stoking the flame, as these surcharges are often subject to intense discussions with customers.

And access to cheaper, Russian bunker in 2013 ought to have driven the carriers' bunker surcharges down, but this development failed to materialize to a sufficient degree.

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