Coalition Asks Federal Maritime Commission to Suspend Detention and Demurrage Charges

On November 16, a coalition of truckers, shippers, and customs brokers asked the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) to consider immediately suspending detention and demurrage charges at the ports of Los Angeles-Long Beach and New York-New Jersey until congestion at the gateways disperses.

A record spike in imports over the past four months has created the congestion, leading to a shortage of available appointments for truckers to pick up imports or return empty containers from marine terminals in Los Angeles-Long Beach and New York-New Jersey.

In response, the coalition asked FMC to temporarily suspend demurrage charges for storing containers at marine terminals beyond the allotted free time.

The coalition also requested a temporary ban on detention charges for returning equipment late.

In the long term, the coalition is asking FMC to use the interpretive rule on detention and demurrage as a template for rulemaking.

This article comes from U.S. Department of Agriculture's Nov. 19, 2020, Grain Transportation Report

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