Currency Adjustment Factor - CAF
The currency adjustment factor rises as the value of the U.S. dollar falls. It is applied as a percentage on top of the base exchange rate, which is calculated as the average exchange rate for the previous three months. Due to this added charge, shippers are now looking to enter into "all inclusive" contracts at one price, that accounts for all applicable charges, to limit the effect of the CAF.
In the third quarter of 2005, the CAF charged on shipments to Japan was approximately 51%.
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