Box Rates

Sri Lankan ship agents want a cut in empty container handling tariffs, currently costing between US$ 40 to US$ 50 per 20 foot box. Sri Lankan ship agents want a cut in empty container handling tariffs, currently costing between US$ 40 to US$ 50 per 20 foot box. Agents say close to 100,000 twenty foot containers that brought in imported goods, go back empty annually, as Sri Lanka largely uses 40 foot containers for its exports.

Industry officials drawing in the garment industry as an example say over 60 percent of apparel exports, Sri Lanka’s largest export industry, goes in 40 foot containers.

Ceylon Association for Ship Agent Capt. A V Rajendran says the industry is currently negotiating with Lankan port operators to cut handling charges.

Sri Lanka Port’s Authority Executive Director I Musheen speaking at a recent Ceylon Chamber of Commerce forum on port development said the port operator would consider the request.

Sri Lanka’s high usage of 40 foot containers comes as its exports are primarily what is termed volume cargo – large quantities but not necessarily weight.

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