China Low Sulphur Surcharge Europe to Ningbo, Shanghai

MSC would like to inform customers that as from 1 October 2018, China’s Maritime Safety Administration (MSA) requires vessels operating in the Yangtze River Delta to use low-Sulphur fuel not exceeding 0.5% of Sulphur level, in order to minimize emissions of Sulphur oxides from ships.  

Consequently, to keep the service at the level required, MSC will apply a China Low Sulphur (CLS) surcharge to all cargoes originated from Europe* destined to the ports of NINGBO and SHANGHAI (including inland destinations) as follows:

  • USD 20 per 20’ & USD 40 per 40’ with effect as from 19 November 2018 (Bill of Lading Date) until further notice.

This surcharge is an additional charge. All other charges listed in our EU Price Announcement still apply and remain unchanged. For your reference, consult them on Please contact your MSC local agent for queries related to port pairs not included in this latter Price Announcement.

*Europe (Scan Baltic / NWC / UK / West and East Med and Black Sea).