Low water surcharge information
All export cargo is subject to low water surcharge if applicable.
Lower water levels directly affect navigation as it leads to reduced permissible drafts for all vessels and barges which in turn reduce significantly the cargo carrying capacity. The local authorities in Paraguay have already imposed navigation limits to a maximum of 11 feet (3.35 meters) and have warned of the risk of further restrictions. These restrictions limit our transportation capacity, lead to higher waiting times in the transshipment ports and longer transit times; all of which leads to higher costs.
Should the water levels drop further and the barge companies start to charge a low water surcharge, then MSC will be passing to shippers (for export cargo) and consignees (for import cargo) these low water surcharge costs.