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Port Security Surcharge Increase for Shipments between the Continental U.S., Puerto Rico or U.S. Virgin Islands and the Eastern Caribbean

Due to the increased costs associated with enhanced security measures, and in order to offset the continued cost of compliance with U.S. federal, state and local security regulations, Tropical Shipping will implement a U.S. Port Security Surcharge increase effective June 18, 2017.  These security surcharge increases are assessed to recover costs incurred for operational expenses, equipment, and security infrastructure improvements for access control to the U.S. and U.S. territory ports that Tropical Shipping services, as well as, the communications and systems required to ensure continued compliance with Port Security.

The increase will apply to all shipments moving between the Continental U.S., Puerto Rico, St. Croix, St. John or St. Thomas and Anguilla, Antigua, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Nevis, St. Barths, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, St. Maarten, St. Vincent, Trinidad and Tobago as follows:

Equipment Size

Current Port Security Surcharge


Port Security Surcharge Effective 6/18/17

20’ Equipment




40’ Equipment




Greater Than 40’ equipment




Rolling Stock/Motor Vehicles up to 700 CFT




Rolling Stock/Motor Vehicles exceeding 700 CFT




Breakbulk (ST/FT)
















The port security surcharge increase will apply to all tariff and service contract shipments.

Tropical Shipping values its close relationships we have built with our customers throughout our more than 50-year history. Thank you for choosing us as your carrier of choice to The Bahamas and the Caribbean. For further information, please contact your local Sales Representative or the U.S. Customer Service Team at 800-638-TROP (8767) or 561-881-3999.

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