ISPS Charge - International Ship and Port Facility Security Code

What does ISPS mean?

ISPS stands for the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code, from the International Maritime Organisation. It covers a series of security requirements for ships, ports and governments to prevent terrorist attacks.

What's the ISPS charge?

The carriers and ports add surcharges (for example, a carrier might add a charge per container) for implementing the requirements of ISPS.This charges covers items such as specially trained personnel. Some carriers and ports call this a "security charge" or "security fee"; e.g. "terminal security fee".

Where's the ISPS charge?

In Panalpina's customer portal, the ISPS charge for the port of departure is included in the origin charges. The ISPS charge for the port of arrival is included in the destination charges.

LCL Origin charges

Above: Origin charges

LCL Destination charges

Above: Destination charges