Roll on Roll Off (RORO) Shipping Rates
Roll on Roll off Shipping rates are charged on a number of different criteria:
Cubic metres (CBM) – CBM is the volume of your shipment, it can be calculated with the following formula: Length x Width x Height = Cubic metre (m3) (normally calculated to the nearest centimetre).
Weight or Measurement (W/M) – The carrier will base the sea rate on either the weight of shipment or CBM, whichever is greater. The W/M rule represents a cargo density equation i.e. light cargo is charged based on the CBM, while heavy cargo is based on the weight. W/M calculations may differ among carriers.
Metre Length – The carrier will charge a rate per metre of the cargo length, disregarding both CBM and W/M. i.e if your vehicle is 6.2m long then the rate would be: Rate($300) x 6.2 = Sea Rate of $1,860.
In addition to the Sea rate it is important to understand that you may also have the following charges to pay:
Carrier Charges – OTHC (origin terminal handling charges), Bill of Lading, BAF (Bunker Adjustment Factor or Fuel Scale Charge), LSL (low sulphur surcharge) and other charges.
Outgoing / Export – Customs clearance fees and related charges, additional local handling fees.
Incoming / Import – Customs clearance fees and related charges, Documentation Fees (i.e BL), THC (terminal handling charges), Cargo Dues, other local handling fees.
Quite often, agents will only provide you with the fees quoted by the carrier, these often do not detail local charges or destination fees.
Example RORO rates
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Import / Export Fees / Surcharges
Most Agents and shipping lines will provide you details of the THC (Terminal Handling Charges) at the origin however they will not always provide you the THC or other local charges / handling fees due at the place of import / export. If you have appointed an agent at the destination port, they should be able to advise what additional fees are due. If not, you should seek to clarify them before shipping as they can mount up.
Export & Import Costs include THC, port fees, cargo dues and customs clearance fees. When considering the rates, you should bear this in mind. Each port sets its own rates which can significantly differ from port to port, and may be charged depending on the size of the vehicle, its weight or a set fee.
Bunker adjustment factor, bunker surcharge or BAF is an adjustment to shipping companies freight rates to take into account fluctuations in the cost of fuel for their ships. This fluctuates regularly and is set by individual carriers. BAF rates can be anything from 0% to 30% or more. BAF, if applicable, will be provided with your quotation.
Some carriers may charge rates per unit i.e. Sedan, 4x4, Motorhome and also have different rates for the various heights of vehicles.
For example – you should expect to pay import and export fees at both departure and arrival ports at the amounts below.
Europe €50 - €300
South America $100 - $1200
Southern Africa $400 - $700
USA $200 - $400
*If you are shipping by container, there will be additional costs to the above.
Rates are based on the following lengths and cbm's:
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