Hapag-Lloyd Updates New Rates for Asia-Latin America Routes

Hapag-Lloyd, a major German shipping carrier, has implemented a General Rate Increase (GRI) for shipments traveling from Asia to various destinations in Latin America. This announcement impacts businesses and individuals who rely on these routes for import and export activities. Here’s a breakdown of the key details and what it means for you:

Impact on Shipping Costs:

  • The GRI applies to dry containers (20′ and 40′), high cube containers, and non-operative reefers (40′).
  • Effective April 8th, 2024, for all destinations except Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
  • For Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, the increase takes effect on April 28th, 2024.
  • The increase amount is a flat US$1,000 per container across all mentioned categories.

Applicable Regions:

  • Origin: The GRI applies to shipments originating from Asia (excluding Japan). This includes countries like China, Hong Kong, Macau, South Korea, Thailand, Singapore, Vietnam, and many Southeast Asian nations.
  • Destinations: The increase impacts shipments arriving at various locations in Latin America. This includes:
    • West Coast: Mexico, Ecuador, Colombia, Peru, Chile
    • Central America: El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Honduras, Guatemala, Panama
    • Caribbean (excluding Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, US): Dominican Republic, Jamaica
    • East Coast: Venezuela, Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay

Who This Affects:

  • Businesses and Individuals: Importers and exporters relying on these Asia-Latin America routes will experience a cost increase for their shipments.
  • Freight Forwarders and Logistics Companies: These companies will need to factor in the GRI when calculating shipping quotes and communicating with their clients.
  • Industry Observers: This announcement is relevant to anyone interested in staying updated on trends and costs within the global shipping industry.

Next Steps:

  • Businesses and individuals should factor in the GRI when budgeting for upcoming shipments.
  • Freight forwarders and logistics companies may need to adjust their pricing models to reflect the increased costs.
  • Staying informed about GRIs from major carriers like Hapag-Lloyd allows for better planning and cost management in the international shipping landscape.


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