Wharfage is the fee charged by ocean carriers to cover the port authority’s cost of using a wharf to unload cargo from a vessel.
Wharfage is usually included in the base freight rate or the Terminal Handling Charge.
Occasionally some components (eg, wharfage) are not aggregated but charged as a separate fee. Wharfage is a charge on all goods that are loaded, unloaded or transshipped within the Terminal Provider’s property by any means of transportation.
THC is sometimes included with the port to port charge as an all-inclusive rate.