Asian shipping lines including Japanâ€™s Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha and China Shipping Container Lines have voluntarily lowered shipping surcharges, Chinaâ€™s top economic planner said on Monday.
The statement by the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) comes after Chinaâ€™s cabinet last month said it was probing shipping firms over allegations that they have been levying arbitrary and excessive charges.
The NDRC said Koreaâ€™s Hanjin Shipping and Hyundai Merchant Marine as well as Taiwanâ€™s Evergreen Marine, Wan Hai Lines and Yang Ming Marine Transport Corp were among the firms reducing their surcharges. Japanâ€™s Nippon Yusen KK had adjusted its fees on Sept. 15, it added.
The NDRC said the companies would undertake measures such as cancelling fees for some services and lowering documentation and telex release fees.