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Keep up with the latest news from Hawaiian Express

A lot of things are happening over here at Hawaiian Express Service. We have many new service features planned in our goal to continously provide you with exceptional service.

Please come back often to our news room to see what is happening at Hawaiian Express Service, and in the industry.

Hawaii Wharfage and HI Facilities Security Fee Increases

09/07/2017 - Dear Valued Customer, Pasha Hawaii and Matson will file the scheduled Hawaii Wharfage levels as outlined in a notice from the Hawaii Department of Transportation/ Hawaii Harbors Division. The filings will appear in tariff STB PHHD No. 006 which governs the movement of container cargo between the U.S. mainland and Hawaii. The 15% Wharfage increase will become effective on October 1, 2017 and filed under rule 998. This increase is a pass-through charge from an increase imposed by Hawaii’s Department of Transportation, Harbors Division. The December 26, 2016 notice provided

“The final rules reflect the recommended effective date of the first increase as February 1, 2017 (of 17%), followed by an increase of 15% effective October 1, 2017, and a third increase of 15% effective July 1, 2018, to allow for both the schedule necessary to support the harbor modernization financing and for harbor users, carriers and customers to plan for the increases in fees. Incremental rate increases of 3% or the consumer price index (CPI) rate, whichever is higher, will be implemented annually starting on July 1, 2019.”

These increases total $78.55 to Oahu, and $155.95 to the outer islands. Hawaiian Express Service will be adding these amounts to full containerloads and charging $0.07 per cubic foot on lcl shipments.

The Hawaii Wharfage levels effective October 1, 2017 will be:

TO / FROM HAWAII As of Oct 1, 2017 20' 40' 45'
Honolulu $119.99 $239.99 $239.99
Neighbor Islands $253.32 $506.63 $506.63
NI WFG Differential $133.33 $266.64 $266.64

The Wharfage fees apply on both Westbound and Eastbound shipments. In addition, October 1st will mark the increase in the Hawaii Facilities Security Fee. The new levels are filed under Rule 340-K in STB PHHD no.006.

Rule 340-K HI FACILITIES SECURITY FEE eff Oct 1, 2017 $17.25/ PC HON $25.87/ PC NI

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Young Brothers, LLC General Rate Increase and General Excise Tax (GET) Exemption

07/01/2017 - We at Hawaiian Express would like to inform you that Young Brothers, Limited will place into effect two adjustments that affect freight charges assessed by the company: (1) an across-the-board increase of 0.12 percent to be applied to all Young Brothers freight rates, and (2) an adjustment to Young Brothers’ General Excise Tax (GET) exemption for services relating to the loading and unloading of freight from barges.

The across-the-board increase of 0.12 percent to be applied to all Young Brothers freight rates was approved by the Hawai`i State Public Utilities Commission in a decision issued on May 4, 2017. This percentage is adjusted annually to reflect changes in the cost of service relating to loading and unloading freight from barges.

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Fuel Surcharge Increase

03/17/2017 - We at Hawaiian Express would like to inform you that the steamship lines to Hawaii will increase their fuel surcharge by 2.25 percentage points. Effective Sunday, April 16, 2017 the fuel surcharge for Hawaii service will be increased from 25% to 27.25%; Guam/CNMI from 25.5% to 27.75%, and Micronesia from 30.5% to 32.75%.

The steamship lines also added that they will continue to closely monitor fuel costs and will adjust the fuel rates as trends warrant.

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Wharfage Fee Increase

01/05/2017 - We at Hawaiian Express would like to inform you that the Hawaii Department of Transportation/ Hawaii Harbors Division announced an increase in the wharfage rates and a new security change effective Feb 1, 2017. The Security Charge is $15 per container for Oahu, and $22.50 per container for Neighbor Island cargoes.

According to Hawaii’s Department of Transportation, Harbors Division the increase are necessary to support the modernization of Hawaii’s ageing harbors.

The scheduled increases are as follows:
  • 17% effective February 1, 2017
  • 15% effective October 1, 2017
  • 15% effective July 1, 2018
Aftewhich, an incremental rate increases of 3% or the consumer price index (CPI) rate, whichever is higher, will be implemented annually starting on July 1, 2019.

This increase is a pass-through charge from an increase imposed by Hawaii’s Department of Transportation, Harbors Division and will be reflected on our invoices after February 1, 2017.

Additional information can be found at:
Hawaii's Harbor Modernization Plans
Wharfage increases

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