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Tropical Shipping Announces Bunker Surcharge Increase for Shipments between the Continental United States or Canada and the U.S. Virgin Islands

As previously announced, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) 2020 sulfur emissions regulation will take effect January 1, 2020.  To ensure compliance with the new regulation, Tropical will have to begin purchasing and burning the Compliant Fuel on November 3, 2019.  This is due to the vessels requiring a minimum of two (2) cycles of fuel through their storage tanks to remove the fuel being used today.

As a result, our Bunker surcharges will increase on December 1, 2019, in accordance with the methodology that was announced this past July. 

The Bunker Fuel Surcharge Index tables can be viewed on our website at 

Bunker Surcharge application between the Continental United States or Canada and St. Croix, St. John and St. Thomas.

Equipment Size

Current Bunker Surcharge

Bunker Surcharge

Effective 11/03/2019

Bunker Surcharge

Effective 12/01/2019

20' Equipment




40' Equipment




Greater than 40' Equipment




Vehicles not exceeding 700 CFT




Vehicles Exceeding 700 CFT






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 Canadian Customer Service Team at (506) 644-6300 or toll free from Canada at (866) 767-6576.

Complete contact listings, including telephone and fax numbers and email address information can be found 24/7/365 on our website on the Bookings and Customer Service page – found in the Contact area of our website