Shipping Rates Up 10%

The rise in logistics costs has a higher impact on businesses who export fresh produce.

Friday, January 11, 2013

On 1 January an increase came into effect of approximately 10% in the cost of shipping a container with cold storage leaving from Costa Rica.

According to an article in, companies that will be affected by the increase of approximately 10% are those who export fresh produce such as fruits and vegetables.

According to the president of the Chamber of Exporters of Costa Rica (Cadexco), Monica Segnini, the increase will have a big impact because it is added to other increases in the cost of production, such as labor, electricity, and the value of tariffs and time in the docks .

According to calculations made by exporters, the increase for a cold storage container will be about $400. However, Maersk registered an increase of $1,500 per container, while Evergreen has not yet set its rates, but says that if it does, the amount would be much lower.

Laura Bonilla, vice president of Cadexco and manager B & C exporters said that although costs have increased, while the global market is still being affected by the crisis, domestic exporters may not be able to charge more for their products.

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