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International Maritime Organisation (IMO) is the governing body for all the major shipping-lines.

The IMO have decreed that effective December 01st 2019, all ships and vessels worldwide will be required to reduce their sulphur emissions.

The blunt instrument addressing these emissions is a Low Sulphur Fuel Surcharge (LSS) placing a global cap on sulphur emissions.

This is where it gets complicated.

The LSS charge is not a ‘standard’ fixed amount per container.

It will vary by shipping-line, shipping route.   

Please bear in mind all importers/exporters have been up-to this point ‘artificially’ paying this surcharge under the guise of emergency risk, bunker surcharges etc.

It’s now going to be a separate charge.

The entire increase imposed by each shipping-line won’t be passed-on, since a portion of it was already included in the over-all rate.

Some of the LSS will therefore be negated in a decrease in other surcharges.

We’ll be breaking-down ‘in bite sized portions’ the impact of this surcharge will have shortly.   

Full containers, less-than-container-load.

Region by region.

Shipping-line by shipping-line.

Building 311
Units 3,4,5,6,7,8 & 9
World Freight Terminal
Manchester Airport M90 5TE.

UCH Manchester

There has been a slight change (Effective September 09th) to Unixpress’s Manchester Airport address.

It’s basically the same place, only a recent expansion has meant a rearrangement of the facility.

Note: Anything that goes to the old address will still get re-directed.


                                Germany Photo 1

As with last ‘season’ (2018-19) Germany remains one of 33 countries dubbed ‘Actionable Countries’ by MPI.

That’s to say Germany has a sizeable population of Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs, none of which we want to see here.

Overall the risk of an infestation arriving from Germany has been accessed as being less than say Italy.

MPI NZ Regulations (01st Sept 2019 – 30th April 2020) in respect to Germany, targets the commodities posing the most risk.

Top of the list are second-hand products.

These will need to be fumigated at origin, our agents’ terminal (pictured)

If you are in any doubt as to whether your goods could be ones requiring fumigation in Hamburg, please contact us i.e. Jamie This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we’ll do our best to clarify your situation.

Alternatively, you can enquire directly with MPI at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

As you would appreciate ultimately MPI make any ruling.

Local MPI inspection upon arrival may also lead to shipments requiring fumigation. 

Note: the same BMSB rules that apply to Germany are also in place from other major European countries, including: Spain, Switzerland, France, Austria, Turkey, Czech Republic, Netherlands etc.  


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