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Tropical Shipping Announces Bunker Surcharge Increase for Shipments between Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands; or between the U.S. Virgin Islands

Tropical Shipping continues to monitor and evaluate the global fuel markets on an ongoing basis.  A recent increase in fuel price volatility has impacted our business.  In order to continue to deliver the services our customers have come to expect, a bunker surcharge increase is now warranted.

The effective date for the bunker surcharge increase is May 27, 2018.  The increased bunker surcharge amounts are as follows:

Between Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands ports, St. Croix, St. John or St. Thomas;

Or between the U.S. Virgin Island ports: St. Croix, St. John or St. Thomas.

Equipment Size

Current Bunker Surcharge


New Bunker Surcharge Effective 5/27/2018

20’ Equipment




40’ Equipment




Greater than 40’ Equipment




Vehicles not exceeding 700 CFT




Vehicles exceeding 700 CFT; Breakbulk; W/M (ST/FT)




CWT for LCL –100 lbs




CFT for LCL – 1 CFT




Barrel - Each




Pallet - Each




The bunker 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 or the Puerto Rico Customer Service Team at (787) 277-7073.