Introduction of the Emissions Trading System (ETS) Surcharge

From 1 January 2024, the surcharge will be levied in the shipping sector in order to regulate the ecological footprint and the greenhouse gas emissions caused.

  • ETS Surcharge
  • Sustainability
  • Sea Freight

The EU Emissions Trading System aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the EU and make the EU climate-neutral by 2050. From 1 January 2024, the shipping sector will be integrated into these efforts and relevant players will be obliged to monitor their emissions and purchase corresponding certificates. The number of available emission certificates is being reduced from year to year to enable compliance with climate targets.

The shipping companies have announced their intention to levy an additional ETS surcharge on shipping when the ETS comes into force. This serves to compensate for the increased operating costs, e.g. for the purchase of emission certificates.

As a logistics service provider and NVOCC, we have no influence on the amount of the surcharges levied by the shipping companies.

Gradual inclusion of shipping emissions in the carbon market:

From 1 January 2024

Emission certificates are required for 40% of the emissions caused

From 1 Januar 2025

Emission certificates are required for 70% of the emissions caused

From 2026 and beyond

Emission certificates are required for 100% of the emissions caused

Find out more about the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS)

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