Ocean Freight News - OOCL Rate Restoration & New Zealand Export Container Detention Free Time & Charges for Reefer (January 2019)

Ocean Freight News - OOCL Rate Restoration & New Zealand Export Container Detention Free Time & Charges for Reefer (January 2019)

OOCL has advised Whale Logistics of a Rate Restoration applicable for its import and export services, as well as charges for New Zealand export container detention free time, effective from 1st January 2019.


After a review of the current fees level, OOCL has announced a rate restoration program for its China, Korea, Taiwan, and Hong Kong to Australia import and export services. The changes are reflected below. 

  • US$300 / 20’ container
  • US$600 / 40’ container

The new tariff will be applied based on shipment onboard date, for both dry and refrigerated cargoes in the base ocean freight for cargoes from China, Korea, Taiwan & Hong Kong to ports and points in Australia. This increase will also be subject to ancillary surcharges applicable at the time of shipment and on top of existing ongoing market rates to all shipments. 

Furthermore, after a review of the current detention charge levels, OOCL informed Whale new charges for container detention for reefers in New Zealand ports, effect from 01st January 2019, as per below.

 Cargo Nature

Free Time (Calendar Days)

Day Range




Refrigerated Cargo

10 days

11 – 15




16 – 25








Dates are based on shipment onboard date. New Zealand detention is from empty pick up at depot to cut-off at the terminal.

Whale will continue to monitor ocean freight rates and keep customers updated. A full list of current auxiliary charges is available on OOCL's local website Australia Local Surcharges. 

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