THC Terminal handling charges
Charges assessed for services rendered within the container terminals or with respect to containers which will be processed through terminals. When delivery or pickup of the goods is expected to be at a container terminal, traders are well advised to stipulate precisely which party will pay for all or part of the terminal charges. TCH varies port to port of each country, as the cost of handling at each port differs one to another port, depends up on the total cost or port terminal handling at each location. Normally, Terminal Handling Charges for exports is collected from shipper by shipping lines while releasing bill of lading after completion of exports customs clearance procedures. Related to terms of delivery (Incoterms), if the buyer has to pay such load port THC, such THC is paid at load port by either buyer´s representative or his authorized agent. In the case of shipments moved from island destinations other than sea port the said THC is collected at same location while releasing bill of lading by carrier. The import terminal handling charges is collected by shipping carriers at the time of issuing delivery order to consignee to take delivery goods. The THC charges at each terminal all over the world vary one to another. The terminal handling charges of each port in a country also differs with another port of the same country. THC is paid on the terms of delivery agreed between buyer and seller in their export contract. If contract of terms of delivery is on FOB, CFR, CIF, CPT, DAP, DDU, DDP etc., the THC is paid by the shipper at load port. However the destination port THC need to be paid by the buyer under these types of delivery terms. In an export contract, if term of delivery is Ex-Works, the THC at load port and destination port has to be paid by the buyer of the goods. See bill of lading; export contract; Incoterms; IHC Inland haulage charges.