Every year the shipping lines independently review their rates and adjust them in accordance with market conditions.
Over the last few years there had been very little change in ocean freight rates.
This year has seen an increase on most major routes and these became effective on 1 March 2013.
This increase applies to all commodities and is not limited to household furniture.
Your chosen removal company will be able to advise you of any impact this may have on recent pricing and you should contact them directly.
The BAR is not involved in pricing, and only offers this information as confirmation of a general price increase by shipping lines.