Basic Ocean Freight

The Basic Ocean Freight (BAS) is a transportation rate for moving your cargo. The rate is price determined by varying factors such as the different origin-destination combinations and the cargo type (Dry Cargo or Reefer Cargo).

The mandatory surcharges

A mandatory "surcharge" constitutes a part of the rate which is not covered by the basic ocean freight. Mandatory surcharges are established to cover cost items or services that are either pass-through charges (e.g. from terminals) or beyond the basic ocean transport services. These surcharges are  applicable to every shipment. 


Below you’ll find more information about the most frequent surcharges.

  • Bunker Adjustment Factor (SBF): The Bunker Adjustment Factor (SBF) is a charge to account for the fluctuations in bunker costs (oil used by the vessels) that changes on quarterly basis. Choose downloads to see the current SBF levels.

  • Terminal Handling Charges (THC): Our Terminal Handling Charges are based on the cost of handling the container in the terminals, including loading and discharging containers to/from the vessel.
  • Documentation Charge: Our Documentation Charges are a service whereby we provide you with the necessary transport documents for you at the origin and destination, based on your shipping instructions.

You can download more information to the right if you want to know more about Basic Ocean Freight.

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