Move Up

Tropical Shipping Announces Bunker Surcharge Increase for Shipments between the Continental United States or Canada and The Bahamas, Cayman Islands or Turks and Caicos Islands; Or between Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the British Virgin Islands, The Bahamas, Belize, Cayman Islands, Dominican Republic, Eastern Caribbean, Guyana or Turks and Caicos 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 November 3, 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 the Cayman Islands, Freeport, Grand Turk, Marsh Harbour, Nassau, Providenciales or South Caicos;

Or between Puerto Rico, St. Croix, St. John, St. Thomas, Anguilla, Antigua, Barbados, Belize, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Freeport, Grand Turk, Grenada, Guyana, Marsh Harbour, Nassau, Nevis, Providenciales, South Caicos, St. Barths, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, St. Maarten, St. Vincent, Tortola, Trinidad and Tobago or Virgin Gorda:

Equipment Size


Current Bunker Surcharge

Bunker Surcharge

Effective 11/03/2019

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