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IMO 2020 – New Fuel Regulations

IMO 2020 – New Fuel Regulations

4 years ago

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On January 1, 2020, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) will impose new emissions standards designed to significantly curb pollution produced by the world’s ships.

Amid a broader push toward cleaner energy markets, the IMO is poised to ban shipping vessels using fuel with a sulfur content higher than 0.5%, compared to the present upper limit level of 3.5%

Effective December 1st 2019 carriers will be implementing these new charges to all quotes under freight terms such as:

  • Low Sulphur Surcharge (LSS)
  • Environmental Fuel Fee (EFF) - IMO 2020 (LSS /EFF)
  • Bunker Adjustment Factor (BAF)
  • IMO 2020 Transition Charge (ITC)
  • New Bunker Factor (NBF)

What does it mean for shipping?

It provides a means to significantly improve air quality caused by shipping.

All these measures represent an additional cost. This cost will be taken into account through the application of fuel surcharges on a trade-by-trade basis. Supply and demand varies by region and availability of low sulphur refining in the initial months, there will be market volatility.