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Welcome to FREJA’s second newsletter for 2023! In this edition, we invite you to explore our exciting world of transportation and logistics, where sustainability and environmental awareness are playing an increasingly significant role.
As the importance of sustainability and environmental issues continues to grow, we are witnessing a rising trend in the introduction of more transport fees. In this newsletter, we will delve into the upcoming fees and their impact on transportation costs.
We would like to emphasize the importance of considering cargo insurance. NSAB regulations have their limitations, and it is wise to contemplate the need for cargo insurance before the actual transportation begins. Take a look at our newsletter to learn how FREJA can support you in this matter.
Furthermore, we are pleased to announce that our new terminal and logistics facility is taking shape just outside Jönköping. Located just a stone’s throw from the E4 highway in Torsvik, we are constructing an impressive facility spanning 20,000 square meters, with planned occupancy in spring 2024. We look forward to sharing more about this exciting project in future updates!
New transport fees: How do they affect the transport industry and, consequently, our customers?
In a time when global sustainability and environmental considerations play a crucial role, we are witnessing a growing trend where authorities introduce transport fees as a means to regulate and shape the transportation industry. These fees can potentially have far-reaching consequences for companies and stakeholders within the transportation sector, and thus, for our customers who will face increased costs. In the following sections, we summarize some of the known fees that the transportation industry will be subject to in the future, the increase in German Maut fees (German road tolls), as well as maritime transport and ferry fees within the Emissions Trading System (ETS) 2024, and how they may impact the transportation industry.
Increase in German Maut fees (road tolls): Impact on international road transport
Germany’s decision to raise road tolls by nearly doubling the fee per kilometer from December 1, 2023, will have a significant impact on the cost structure of international transport to and from Germany, as well as transit through Germany. For businesses, this will result in increased shipping costs.
ETS 2024 Environmental Fee: Maritime transport and ferries
The new guidelines for the Emissions Trading System (ETS) 2024 will have a direct impact on maritime transport and ferries. In the future, companies will be required to invest in CO2 allowances that will reflect their CO2 emissions. These allowances will be traded on a commodity exchange. This change is aimed at driving the transportation industry towards more sustainable practices and promoting investments in greener technology, particularly in the context of maritime transport and ferries. Fluctuations in the prices of these CO2 allowances could potentially result in rising costs for these modes of transportation from 2024 onwards.
The ETS will be implemented gradually, with vessels having to report 40% of their CO2 emissions in 2024, increasing to 70% in 2025, and finally reaching 100% in 2026.
Are your goods properly insured during transportation?
The short answer is: No, unless you have taken out cargo or transport insurance that covers your goods while they are in transit. Has your company taken out product or transport insurance?
As a freight forwarder, we naturally take responsibility for your goods while they are in our care. This responsibility is governed by NSAB 2015 and by the international legislation applicable to the various modes of transportation. What they have in common is that the forwarder’s liability for damages is limited in relation to the losses that the shipper often actually incurs when, on rare occasions, there is a transport damage or the goods are lost during transport.
This is not just about the well-known transport legal limitations of 8.33 SDR (approximately 115 SEK) per kg for road transportation and 2 SDR (approximately 28 SEK) per kg for sea transportation. For example, the forwarder is not directly responsible for repair costs or liable for the shipper’s often significant expenses for the assistance of a surveyor or similar to calculate and document a damage claim. And finally, there are a number of cases where the forwarder is completely exempt from liability for damage or loss of goods.
In fact, it is our experience that our customers, in cases of damage and loss, where they receive compensation directly from the forwarder, can be left with a greater or lesser cost.
However, we can help you avoid such losses to a large extent by offering you the option to take out product insurance through us for the transports we carry out for you.
We arrange product insurance for each individual shipment, so we can also assist you with insurance for individual shipments that, for one reason or another, are not covered by your existing product insurance coverage.
Please contact your contact person at FREJA if you have questions or would like further guidance on how we can help you with product insurance.
Maximize your logistics with Dedicated Solutions
In a world where time is money and efficiency is crucial, it’s essential to have reliable partners who can deliver according to your needs. At FREJA, we have successfully created an unbeatable concept to provide you with the most efficient and reliable logistics solution for your projects. We understand the importance of keeping the project’s schedule. With Dedicated Solutions, we can offer you fixed schedules, and your cargo will never come to a standstill until it reaches your end customer. We take care of the entire logistics chain on your behalf. From customs clearance to receiving containers at our terminals for unloading and loading, everything is done with unparalleled precision. From the container to the trailer and then directly to your customer – we handle it for you, allowing you to focus on driving your project forward. Regardless of the scope and mode of transportation, we tailor a solution just for you.
Our terminal in Jönköping offers a range of services, including storage, picking, cross-docking, and more. We are ready to adapt our services to meet your specific needs, no matter how complex they may be.
Don’t waste any more time and energy dealing with logistics problems. Let us take care of everything for you. Contact us today to start maximizing your logistics and ensure smooth project deliveries every time.