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IMO 2020 Cost Impact Calculator

The clock is ticking on the IMO 2020 low-sulphur, bunker deadline and yet much work remains to be done. Our new Cost Impact Calculator - helps bring clarity to shippers/BCOs who are uncertain of the full commercial impact of the regulatory change on their ocean freight costs and procurement decisions.

Uncertainty and unease

A Drewry survey of global shippers and freight forwarders completed in Sept 2018 found that three quarters of respondents had yet to receive information from their carriers on how they planned to recover the fuel cost increases widely anticipated to accompany the regulatory change. More worryingly, over half of respondents did not consider their service providers’ existing approaches as either fair or transparent.


The need for transparency

The need for clear understanding and transparency cut to the very heart of the matter. In responding to the concerns of shippers, we have developed a new range of fuel cost verification services alongside our freight procurement and cost benchmarking products to help medium and larger BCOs better understand their fuel cost exposure and mitigate future cost increases.


Verify your future fuel costs

In cooperation with both shipper members of the Drewry Benchmarking Club, and other parties, we have now developed an IMO low-sulphur rule "Cost Impact Calculator" based on robust market data and benchmarked BAF charges, looking at fuel cost differentials between loops and between carriers.


Drewry is currently working with other shipper groups to obtain more information on current versus the likely post-IMO fuel consumption mix. Detailed fuel data and BAF policy information has already been sourced from several carriers to incorporate in these new models.

To discuss participation in Drewry’s IMO fuel cost initiative, contact us:


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Recent News

Drewry launches ‘Cost Impact Calculator’ to help shippers prepare for and better understand fuel costs post-IMO 2020

Responding to the needs of Beneficial Cargo Owners (BCOs) ahead of the IMO 2020 global emission regulation, Drewry announces the addition of a new BAF formula and fuel cost benchmarking service to its range of ocean freight procurement support services.

Drewry survey: IMO 2020 low-sulphur rule exposes widespread concern about lack of fuel cost transparency

Our recent survey exposes considerable unease among global shippers/beneficial cargo owners and freight forwarders ahead of the IMO’s 2020 global emissions regulations, due to come into force on 1 Jan 2020.

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