Who Charges the Bunker Adjustment Factor Surcharge: Carrier
Charge At: Port to Port leg
Bunker Adjustment Factor Surcharge Description: BAF is based on TEU, to smooth out the effect of oil price fluctuations on carrier costs. It periodically changes, typically monthly or quarterly.
AKA Bunker Surcharge.
Bunker Adjustment Factor Tips: Smaller charges like this can add confusion, so smaller customers usually receive, or should ask for, an all-inclusive port to port charge.
The BAF rate is a non-negotiable pass through charge. The rate is similar between carriers, and until recently, they struck the same rate. It should be easy to check this charge, as most carriers usually display it on their home page.