THE six member lines of the Japan-Hong Kong and Japan-Straits Freight Agreement will raise terminal handling charges (THC) out of Hong Kong, Taiwan and Malaysia from January 1. In a notice to shippers, the lines cited rising operational and handling costs. The THC for a fully loaded 20-foot equivalent unit (TEU) from Hong Kong will rise from $1,000 to $1,200, and from $1,500 to $1,800 for 40-foot equivalent units (FEU). The THC for Taiwan will go up from NT$2,800 (about HK$825) to NT$4,419 per TEU and from NT$4,200 to NT$5,704 per FEU. The THC from Malaysian ports will be increased from M$173 (about HK$520) to M$255 per TEU and from M$255 to M$385 per FEU. However, the THC for less than a container load will remain unchanged at M$21.45 per revenue tonne. Member lines of the Brazil-Far East Freight Conference and Far East-River Plate Freight Conference will also impose a THC of $1,690 per TEU and $2,250 per FEU at Hong Kong on January 16. In addition, the Brazil-Far East Freight Conference will collect a congestion surcharge on all cargo shipped from Hong Kong to the port of Santos and vice versa from January 15.